to Healthcare Pros: Get Certified for Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

Online Healthcare Certification Provider Encourages Healthcare Professionals and First Responders to Update ACLS and PALS certifications

Lincoln, NE, September 20, 2012 --( During Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month this September, Health Education Solutions (HES), a leading provider of online healthcare certification courses, encourages healthcare professionals and first responders to update their life support certifications.

It is estimated that more than 2.5 million Americans have atrial fibrillation and that by 2050, 12 million Americans will be diagnosed with the condition. HES has launched an Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Special Section to help healthcare professionals and first responders stay informed and educated about atrial fibrillation care. This series of articles is available in Health Education Solutions’ online research library.

“Because atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia, and incidence continues to rapidly rise, healthcare professionals and first responders need to be equipped with the latest emergency care procedures in order to provide the best possible medical treatment,” said Melissa Marks, president of HES. “At Health Education Solutions, we are committed to providing the latest science in our life support courses, and delivering these courses in easy-to-navigate, convenient formats makes it as easy as possible for individuals providing lifesaving care to stay in-the-know.”

An atrial fibrillation diagnosis significantly increases an individual’s chances of experiencing heart failure. To help healthcare professionals and first responders prepare to respond to cardiovascular emergencies such as heart failure, HES offers a series of online emergency care certification courses. For more information, view advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification course details and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification course details.

Atrial fibrillation is also a major factor in stroke risk, and it is responsible for 15 to 20 percent of ischemic strokes. Because atrial fibrillation has strong ties to stroke risk, HES encourages professionals to think about getting certified to increase their stroke awareness as well. A variety of (AHA) stroke care training courses are available at, including Stroke Pre-hospital Care Online, which is available at

HES also offers the American Heart Association’s (AHA) HeartCode ACLS Part 1 course, as well as online basic life support (BLS), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training, to help healthcare professionals and first responders prepare to respond to cardiac emergencies.

HES’ online research library offers a series of educational and informative articles about atrial fibrillation, as well as data about heart diseases, information, resources, trends and news related to healthcare and first responder certification. To learn more about HES’ resources for healthcare professionals and first responders or to try one of HES’ ACLS or PALS practice tests, please visit

About Health Education Solutions
Health Education Solutions (HES) is a leading provider of continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals. HES, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc. (NYSE: NNI), offers ACLS and PALS courses developed in partnership with medical faculty at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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