Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of stroke. Nearly 3 million Americans are living with AFib. For years, researchers have been looking for ways to reduce the risk of stroke for this patient population. In a recent article published in Circulation, Lin Yee Chen, MD, MS, Associate Professor with tenure, Cardiovascular […]Continue Reading ...
While living with a serious and complex health condition such as atrial fibrillation, there are many approaches and health behaviors that can increase your quality of life. My colleague Paul Wang, MD, director of Stanford’s Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, describes three steps AFib patients can take to improve their health: increase physical activity, eat a healthy diet, and […]Continue Reading ...
George, the patient we have been following through the Understanding AFib series, found it easy to recognize when his heart was in atrial fibrillation (AFib) and beating very quickly (at 150 beats per minute). Like a heart dancing without rhythm, the rapid, irregular heart rate made him unable to exert himself. Once George started the […]Continue Reading ...
For those patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) at high risk of having a stroke, drugs that reduce the blood’s ability to clot are quite effective. In most cases, these blood thinners effectively eliminate the risk of having a type of stroke that frequently occurs with this heart condition. At the same time, excessive bleeding is […]Continue Reading ...
An interview with Glyn Barnes, Marketing Director for AliveCor, about Kardia Mobile and the Kardia Band, the FDA approved devices which can provide a diagnostic quality ECG reading in 30 seconds. Image Credit: Avector / Shutterstock Why is it important to monitor your heartbeat regularly if you think you may have Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)? If […]Continue Reading ...
The irregular heartbeat of atrial fibrillation (or AFib) is like dancing without rhythm, moving fast without a beat and stepping on your partner’s toes. If not treated, AFib is serious. It can reduce quality of life and, most ominously, can lead to a stroke. A stroke can kill off many millions of brain cells, paralyze […]Continue Reading ...
Butterflies in a patient’s stomach are one thing, but palpitations in their chest can mean serious heart problems. “Having atrial fibrillation (AFib) can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. It’s vital to know your risk and get help before it strikes,” said cardiologist Dr. Mark Link, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of […]Continue Reading ...
Study authors and coordinators included (front row, left to right) Reina Estrada, Lauren Ariniello, Jill Waalen, Elisa Felicone, (back row) Eric Topol, Gail Ebner, Steven Steinhubl and Melissa Peters. Credit: Scripps Research Wearable mobile health devices improved the rate of diagnosis of a dangerous and often hidden heart condition called atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to […]Continue Reading ...
As we have learned in earlier posts in the Understanding AFib series, atrial fibrillation is a serious heart condition where the heart beats rapidly without a regular beat, like dancing without rhythm. A typical approach is to slow down the heart rate with medications, such as beta blockers. If the heart is weak to begin […]Continue Reading ...
In atrial fibrillation (AFib), half of the heart’s four chambers aren’t beating properly, but are dancing around randomly without rhythm. This sounds scary and, in some ways, it’s astonishing that people with AFib can function well at all. But remember that the heart’s upper chambers (the atria), which are malfunctioning in AFib, don’t pump blood […]Continue Reading ...
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients with a history of cancer are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill anticoagulant prescriptions compared with AFib patients who never had cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. By not filling and taking prescribed medication, these patients are potentially putting themselves at […]Continue Reading ...
In my clinical practice, I’ve found that patients with the irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib) do the best when they contribute to their own care by: Learning the difference between AFib and a normal heart rhythm. Eating a heart-healthy diet that slows down underlying problems linked to AFib. Gaining knowledge about AFib medications and […]Continue Reading ...
Despite being the most common heart arrhythmia disorder in the U.S., there is not much research on the causes of atrial fibrillation in minority populations. And while researchers know that black and Latino individuals are less likely than whites to develop the condition, which is also known as AFib, they cannot yet fully explain why […]Continue Reading ...
Better care management strategies are needed to help reduce risks Patients developing AFib after TAVR are at higher risk of death, stroke and heart attack compared to patients who already had AFib prior to the procedure, according to a study today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. The paper is the first nationwide examination of patients who […]Continue Reading ...
Uma Srivatsa led a study showing that treating AFib with ablation improves outcomes for patients. Credit: UC Regents, courtesy UC Davis Health Using catheter-based ablation instead of medications alone reduces the risks of death and stroke in patients with the common form of heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib, new research from UC […]Continue Reading ...
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