Get Started Learning About Atrial Fibrillation Guide
Take a Stand Against Atrial Fibrillation by Educating Yourself and Others
By Mellanie True Hills
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Let's get started learning about atrial fibrillation by starting with the section below for anyone interested in learning about afib. If you're an afib patient, family member, or caregiver, then continue on to the lower section as well.
For Anyone Interested in Learning About Afib
To learn more about afib, check out the pages below. To share this information with others, click on the Email link at the bottom of the page. To print a page without headings and menus, click on Print at the bottom of that page.
- What is afib? — what it is, what it feels like, and how serious it is
- What causes afib? — afib causes, risk factors, and triggers
- How to know it's afib — symptoms and diagnosing it
- Why is afib a problem? — stroke and congestive heart failure, including risks and symptoms
- Interview with Dr. Emelia Benjamin on Framingham Risk Prediction Tool for Atrial Fibrillation — to see if you might be at risk, visit the Framingham Risk Prediction Tool listed in the article
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For Afib Patients, Family Members, and Caregivers
If you have atrial fibrillation, or think that you might, or a family member has it, you're probably wondering what to do. We understand what you are going through and what you are feeling. We've been there, too.
Our goal is to provide you with information and perspectives about living with atrial fibrillation, and to help you find an atrial fibrillation treatment or cure. We're patients and caregivers helping other patients and caregivers, and are here to help you overcome your atrial fibrillation. You are not alone.
So where do you start? After checking out all of the pages in the section above for anyone interested in learning about atrial fibrillation, please check out the additional pages below to learn about managing and treating afib.
- Can afib be managed? — treating afib with medications and cardioversions
- Can afib be cured? — treatments such as catheter ablation, maze surgery (Cox-Maze III cut-and-sew), maze surgical ablation (Cox-Maze IV), and mini maze surgery
- Partnering with your doctor — communicating with your doctor and questions to ask
- Role of caregivers — what the patient needs and what you need
- Patient stories — about patients living with afib and their cures, including our founder's afib story
- Patient and caregiver resources — afib-related sites and discussion forums for patients and caregivers
- Find afib services — find doctors, hospitals, and afib or arrhythmia centers that specialize in treating atrial fibrillation
- News and events — news, events, audios, and video interviews with top afib doctors. This part of the site contains a wealth of information. If you sign up for the newsletter, it will alert you to new stories here. At the bottom of the page is an Atrial Fibrillation News Feed, which we encourage bookmarking and checking often.
Here are some videos and articles that are generally helpful for those with afib:
- Noted Electrophysiologist Discusses Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines — usual treatment options for those newly-diagnosed with afib and what patients should ask their doctors
- Do you need Coumadin: Your CHADS2 Score — discusses the CHADS2 score to know whether you should be on Coumadin or warfarin for stroke prevention
- New Stroke Risk Factors for Those with Atrial Fibrillation (AF): Female Gender, Heart Disease, and Age — discusses the CHADS2 scoring system and the newer risk factors for stroke to help determine whether you need Coumadin or warfarin
- How to Push Back if Medicare or Other Health Insurance Says "No" to Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
- Watch the Videos from the 2013 Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference
The information above is all based on factual medical research and information, but there needs to be a place for those suffering with atrial fibrillation to share opinions and experiences. The Atrial Fibrillation Blog is just such a place. Below are some of the most popular topics. Please share your experiences there, too.
- Does Stress Cause Atrial Fibrillation?
- Does Alcohol Put You at Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?
- Does Air Pollution Cause Atrial Fibrillation?
- The Role of Coffee in Atrial Fibrillation
- AV Node Ablation: Why You Shouldn’t Have It
- Can Avoiding Dehydration Prevent Atrial Fibrillation "Holiday Heart Syndrome"?
Also check out the StopAfib Atrial Fibrillation Community, where you can pose questions and discuss concerns about afib with others worldwide, or just in your local area.
- StopAfib Forum — discuss afib with others, and even create your own afib blog as a journal of your afib journey
- StopAfib Calendar — check for events near you (or post events)
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