Fletcher Allen

5:50 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Vermont hospital gets $1 million for heart research

Fletcher Allen Health Center
Fletcher Allen

A Vermont couple has donated $1 million to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for heart research.

The grant from Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe will go toward research into improving treatment for atrial fibrillation, a common type of rapid heartbeat.

About 5.5 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, which raises the risk for stroke and death.

The hospital says medication often doesn't provide a cure. An alternative is catheter ablation which uses heat to change how electricity flows through the heart.

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