Advances in cardiology: reasons to stay upbeat

Dr. Ralph Kirmser
Dr. Ralph Kirmser

Dr. Ralph Kirmser has been a cardiologist for nearly 40 years and in that time has seen major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of many heart conditions. He will discuss some of those advances in a talk on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m., at Comstock Community Center on School Road.

“Surprisingly, some people may be unaware that they have heart disease,” he said in a press release. “The most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, affects up to 10% of people in their 80s and is a risk for disability and stroke. Advances in cardiology have resulted in a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity associated with rhythm disorders.”

During his talk, he will discuss:

  • The non-operative treatment of aortic stenosis, the most common valvular heart disorder.
  • Treatment of coronary heart disease with angioplasty/stenting.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation.

Kirmser’s talk is presented by Stay at Home in Wilton and sponsored by Lang’s Pharmacy. It is free and open to the community. The talk will conclude with a question-and-answer session. For guaranteed seating, call Janet Johnson at 203-762-2600. Heart healthy snacks will be served.

Kirmser has lived in Wilton with his wife sally and three children since 1978. A graduate of Yale Medical School and the Yale cardiology fellowship program, he spent two years in the United States Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base, where he served as chairman of the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

During his free time, Kirmser is the oboist for the Madera Wind Quartet, which performs regularly at Wilton Library. He and his wife serve on the board of Stay at Home in Wilton.