Cardiologist explains atrial fibrillation and its prevalence in Eastern North Carolina


February is American Heart Month and 9 On Your Side is working to raise awareness about heart health and heart disease prevention.

Every Thursday morning during the month of February, WNCT’s Maria Satira will interview a physician or a health professional with Vidant Health on ways to live healthy to reduce heart disease risks.

The remaining live interview will air at 6:10 a.m. on February 28 during 9 On Your Side Morning Edition.

This week, Maria welcomed Dr. Michael Smith to discuss atrial fibrillation and its prevalence in Eastern North Carolina. Dr. Smith is a cardiologist at Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Cardiology.

In honor of American Heart Month, Vidant Health and the East Carolina Heart Institute invite community members across the East to join them for the annual Heart Truth Tour.

This year’s series is geared toward men and women.

Each event is free to attend and includes a healthy meal and a take-home heart health kit.

Pre-registration is required.

Register at  or call toll-free 855-MYVIDANT (855-698-4326).

The keynote speaker is the author and healthy lifestyle advocate, Joe Piscatella.

He’ll share helpful and inspiring insights about lifestyle changes that make a difference including stress management, exercise, and mindful eating.

– Vidant Healthplex-Wilson Luncheon: 
Monday, February 25
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wilson Country Club – 4509 Country Club Dr., Wilson

– Vidant Beaufort Hospital Dinner 
Monday, February 25
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Washington Civic Center – 10 Gladden St., Washington

– Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Dinner 
Tuesday, February 26
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Greenville Convention Center – 303 Greenville Blvd. SW, Greenville 

– Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital Luncheon
Wednesday, February 27 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ahoskie Inn – 343 NC Hwy 561, Ahoskie 

– The Outer Banks Hospital Dinner 
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jennette’s Pier – 7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head

– Vidant Chowan Hospital Luncheon  
Thursday, February 28 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Edenton United Methodist Church – 225 Virginia Road, Edenton 

– Vidant Bertie Hospital Dinner  
Thursday, February 28 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Cashie Convention Center – 118 County Home Road, Windsor 

– Vidant Duplin Hospital Luncheon 
Friday, March 1
10:00 am screenings 
Noon – 1:30 pm lunch
River Landing Clubhouse Ballroom – 120 Clubhouse Drive, Wallace

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