For Those On The Fence About Stroke Prevention... Please Watch This

Sep 28
AFib News Blog
For Those On The Fence About Stroke Prevention... Please Watch This

Posted by Mellanie at on September 28,  2016  11:18am EST

Many of you know that, because I was never stable on warfarin, for genetic reasons (this was before the new blood thinners had been tested and approved), I felt like a stroke walking around waiting to happen when I still had afib. Because of this, and because of some strokes in my family, I feel very passionately about preventing strokes.

So, it was a great pleasure for, and for me, to participate in a recently-launched public service campaign called "A Year Without a Stroke". As part of it, I was interviewed and shared
my story, and I also reached out to my friend, Randall Munson, and asked if he would be willing to share the impact that his wife Sharon's afib-related stroke had had on him and his family. 

Randall and Sharon Munson's story chokes me up every time I see it as Randall shares what Sharon's stroke has done to her, and to him as a caregiver. If you are on the fence about stroke prevention, please watch this powerful story. 

Mellanie's story...


To learn more about the campaign, visit

**This blog post reflects the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AHA** 

  • Mercy
    Excellent presentation. My deep thanks to Melanie.
  • Eccentric Mom
    Eccentric Mom,
    I'm only 35 years old and was Diagnosed with A-Fib at 29! I'm almost completely bed ridden because I have Degenerative Disc Disease and I am in Severe Chronic Pain, I know that raises the risk even more of having a Stroke and I am Basically Scared to Death of that happening to me!
  • kristen.wadeAHA_ASA
    Eccentric Mom- Thanks for posting. Have you spoken to your doctor about your stroke risk? There is a way that doctors calculate stroke risk for AFib patients that we refer to as the CHA2DS2-VASc risk scoring system. You may want to speak to your cardiologist about this and ensure that you are on the appropriate treatment plan. Thank you, Kristen, AHA
  • evalovic
    Thank you Melanie. Elaine
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