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Preventing Strokes

Christian T Ruff, MD, MPH

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Pond Room
Refreshments available at 7:00 p.m.

An estimated two million people develop blood clots each year and 300,000 people die from these clots. Others are left with debilitating strokes. Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, atrial fibrillation and myocardial infarction present the risks for blood clots. It is important that we understand the events and symptoms that signal we are vulnerable. Approximately 15% to 20% of strokes are due to atrial fibrillation. Fortunately anticoagulants or “blood thinners” are very effective in reducing the risk of stroke. For over a century, Warfarin was the only anticoagulant of choice to treat atrial fibrillation. New pipelines of drugs that offer attractive alternatives to Warfarin are now available. They are prescribed in fixed doses, do not require dose adjustment and have minimal side affects.

We are honored to have as our speaker on September 18, Dr. Christian T. Ruff of the Cardiovascular Service of Brigham and Womens Hospital and Board Member of the North American Thrombosis Forum. Dr. Ruff will address this very serious and dangerous problem and provide the necessary information to make educated decisions when discussing the myriad of treatment options now available for atrial fibrillation with your healthcare provider.

About the Speaker: Dr. Ruff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1998 with a degree in Neurobiology. He earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2010. Dr. Ruff completed his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has devoted his career to the study of blood clots. He has authored more than 40 scholarly articles, editorials, reviews and book chapters and has give dozens of lectures nationally and internationally. His clinical research has been published in several peer review journals, including “The New England Journal of Medicine,” “Lancet,” the “Journal of the American Medical Association” and the “American Journal of Medicine.”

This program is sponsored jointly by the Education Committee of the Winchester Seniors Association and the Council on Aging.