Vital Signs

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Vital Signs WINTER 2014 | VOLUME 61 F E AT U R E S T O R I E S Breast Cancer Page 4 Fish-Oil Supplements Page 6 Q&A: Addressing Children’s Poor Eating Habits Page 8 Community Calendar Page 12 More Options Available to Treat Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) in the United States, with more than 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Although AF may produce a fast, irregular heartbeat that leads to palpitations, fatigue or shortness of breath, many people are unaware they have the condition until faced with serious health problems. “Unfortunately, some patients only find out they have AF when they suffer a stroke, which is five times more likely in patients with AF,” says Eric Buch, MD, director of the Specialized Continued on page 7