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If you know a healthcare professional who provides outstanding care and is an advocate for afib patients and their family members, you may wish to nominate him or her for the prestigious Eric N. Prystowsky, MD Advocate for Patients Award. This award will be presented at the 2017 Get In Rhythm. Stay In Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference. ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Jun 7, 2017 10:23 AM CDT
We've been getting lots of inquiries about when Early Bird registration will open for the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference (August 4-6) so people can reserve their seats at the live event, and begin making travel arrangements.    And we couldn’t be happier about this, because it means we’re reaching those who ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog May 2, 2017 10:38 AM CDT
**This blog post reflects the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AHA** I just returned from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) medical conference. Over the past six months, I have attended EP in the West in October, American Heart Association in November, AF Symposium in January, Western AF Symposium in ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Mar 26, 2017 10:56 AM CDT
My AFib Experience community members,   We would like to give you the unique opportunity of posting some of your questions about atrial fibrillation for experts in the field. Submit your questions about atrial fibrillation and we will have world-renowned heart experts answer them in this forum.   Please post your questions as comments to this blog ... Read More
Posted by kristen.wadeAHA_ASA on AFib News Blog Mar 6, 2017 9:30 AM CST
The FDA is holding Listening Sessions in order to learn more from those with atrial fibrillation. These will be held by the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. This is the part of the FDA involved in approving and regulating devices used in treating afib. For these listening sessions, they are looking for anyone with afib to share your ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Mar 3, 2017 9:46 AM CST
The subject comes up quite frequently about how to find the best prices for the newer blood thinners (anticoagulants). After posting this info to a thread, I realized that it should be put in a place that is easy to find. That is why I am posting this to the blog so you can find these links more easily, and point others to this. Here are some resources to help: ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Feb 18, 2017 11:08 AM CST
This morning, we announced the dates for the 2017  Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference ! Below is the email that we sent out. Please save the dates on your calendar and plan to be with us at the Fairmont in Dallas for this amazing event.  Mellanie We're SO excited to announce that we have finalized the dates and location ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Feb 9, 2017 10:18 AM CST
Good Afternoon! We wanted to introduce you to our new My AFib Experience Community Leaders! We started a community leaders program  to ensure that all members of the community feel welcomed and supported. A few months ago, we had asked you to apply to be a community leader if you are interested. We have selected Jean (Jeanamo)  and Roy (Rbrandt) for this ... Read More
Posted by kristen.wadeAHA_ASA on AFib News Blog Feb 7, 2017 2:30 PM CST
This is a reminder of our Community Policies  and our Terms of Service . I’d like to emphasize two very important points. Avoid Copyright Issues: It is not OK to cut-and-paste or post material for which you do not own the copyright, and we reserve the right to remove anything posted that violates the copyright of another party. If you wish to share ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Dec 28, 2016 11:43 AM CST
The holidays are a perfect time to give yourself peace of mind by purchasing an afib monitor, especially with these holiday discounts (US only) that are being provided through StopAfib.org. AfibAlert — a standalone device that doesn't require a smartphone — is available at a  holiday special price of $199 throughout the month of December.   Kardia ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Dec 14, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Dear My AFib Experience Community Members,   Thank you to those of you that had already taken this survey. For those of you that had not taken it yet, we need your help. We are conducting an online survey about your experience on our community, My AFib Experience™ . We are looking to gain information from you to help us make our community better and improve ... Read More
Posted by kristen.wadeAHA_ASA on AFib News Blog Dec 13, 2016 2:36 PM CST
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that the navigation of the site has changed slightly. The navigation to all areas of the site can now be found on the black horizontal bar across the top of each page (except for the main AFib Town page). Please let me know if you have any questions or cannot find what you are looking for! Thank you! Kristen Read More
Posted by kristen.wadeAHA_ASA on AFib News Blog Oct 11, 2016 11:15 AM CDT
Hello!   We are excited to announce that we are launching a new Community Leaders Program for My AFib Experience. We plan to select several My AFib Experience members to serve in a volunteer capacity as leaders in the community forum. The role of the community leader is outlined below along with the selection criteria.   Role of the Community Leader: Read ... Read More
Posted by kristen.wadeAHA_ASA on AFib News Blog Oct 7, 2016 10:28 AM CDT
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 ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Sep 28, 2016 11:18 AM CDT
Hello My AFib Experience community members! We are planning to create videos of an EP responding to common questions from AFib patients about their medications. Here are some of the questions we intend to ask of the EP: If I prefer not to be on medication of any kind because I don’t like the side effects, what will happen if I opt out of medication for AFib? ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Sep 4, 2016 5:58 PM CDT
Many of you already know about the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference , which is hosted by StopAfib.org. MyAFibExperience.org is a co-sponsor of the conference.  I wanted to alert you to a couple of things that are important if you're interested in attending, or would like to attend but just can't swing it, ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Aug 9, 2016 8:57 PM CDT
I previously posted in the forum that we, at StopAfib.org, were working on putting together a webinar with one of the top anticoagulation experts to share what you need to know about avoiding strokes based on the AHA/ACC/HRS Afib Guidelines.   Afib increases your stroke risk by 500%. By knowing your stroke risk and your treatment options, and ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Jul 13, 2016 11:48 AM CDT
The results of this study ( http://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/arrhythmias/58683 ), from the American College of Cardiology's PINNACLE Registry, are very  concerning. Why would approximately 40% of afib patients who are at risk for a stroke (CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc score greater than or equal to 2) still be getting just aspirin when we know ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Jun 26, 2016 12:04 PM CDT
I asked a while back what people do to remind themselves of their medications as I was adding a medication that was twice daily to my normal once daily (bedtime) routine. Most said that they set an alarm on their phone, which I was already doing, but with my crazy-busy life, that just wasn't sufficient. If I was in a meeting, my phone would be on silent and the ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog Jun 10, 2016 11:27 AM CDT
The ORBIT Study was just published online . Some of the findings were that: About 30% of women with atrial fibrillation were asymptomatic (didn't feel their afib) vs. about 40% of men. Women generally had a worse quality of life (probably because they were more symptomatic). Women tended to have more strokes, but they tended not to be more deadly. ... Read More
Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on AFib News Blog May 20, 2016 8:59 PM CDT

Recent Comments

We don't yet have the answer to that. It could be that fibrosis is decreased (though that is less likely), or that the enlargement of the atria decreases. Or, there could be dozens of other reasons - we don't know yet.

Mellanie
My AFIB is complicated by HOCM. I was diagnosed in February 2017 and had an unsuccessful cardioversion in April, I was in NSR for only 4 days. I go tomorrow for a follow up and to discuss options for the future, one of which is just to leave me out of rhythm. I'm not sure what the long term effects would be? I am being treated at Vanderbilt and I am on Sotalol, Metopr...
Hi Melanie,
in your opinion do you think diet changes can improve atrial disease/fibrosis? Could that be the reason for the 76% success rate in stopping AFib in the Legacy study from Australia of obese patients who lost weight? I am wondering if the Atria fibrosis is improved with large sustained weight loss. What are your thoughts?
Suzy



 
Hi Melanie, as usual,. I value your coments very much.I am 83 y old, I had succesful ablation 14 mo ago with implanted Link cardio recorder with no events until now.Now I consider my afib as another comorbidity that I can influence only by lifesyle==eating habits, weight,controlled BP,diabetes, sleep disturbances,meditation, yin yoga, tai chi, suppl...
We just finished working out details — Gerolsteiner will be back for the fourth year in a row as the "Official Mineral Water Sponsor" for the conference. And, they are sending twice as much water this year as last as well as tote bags and other goodies.

If you don't know about Gerolsteiner mineral water to help avoid dehydration or to help convert out of afib (...