Get in Rhythm and Stay in Rhythm during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

September 25, 2013

  • Summary: During the seventh annual Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, is raising awareness about the risks of afib, including strokes, heart failure, dementia, even death.
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Here is a roundup of the many activities happening during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month 2013…

Get in Rhythm and Stay in Rhythm during Atrial Fibrillation Month

DALLAS, September 25, 2013 – September 2013 is the seventh annual Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. As one of the world’s leading atrial fibrillation (AF or afib) awareness-raising organizations, has shared a wealth of information about this potentially life-threatening disease.

Afib, the most common irregular heartbeat, can lead to dementia, heart failure, stroke, or even death. Many do not realize that they have it, and many who have it don’t realize how serious it is. Of those who have afib, one in three will have a stroke within their lifetime.

Raising awareness about afib is intensely personal for founder, Mellanie True Hills, and led her to create the first Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Working with other organizations, Hills helped urge the U.S. Senate to officially designate September as National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.

In recognition of Hills’ ongoing worldwide advocacy work, the Global Atrial Fibrillation Alliance recently awarded her the GAFA Patient Ambassador of the Year Award. Hills received this award on September 14, recognized as World Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Day.

Patient Conference Set in Dallas

For those who suffer from afib, will conduct the Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference on November 2 at the Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel. Leading medical experts will help patients and their families to better understand their condition and treatments and to proactively engage with their healthcare team. For more information, go to Raises Awareness Among Hispanic Community

With extensive coverage in Spanish language media this month, has helped promote awareness of afib throughout the Hispanic community. Hispanics are more prone to diabetes, and having both diabetes and afib greatly increases stroke risk. Mexican Americans with afib who have had a stroke are more than twice as likely to have another stroke as comparable non-Hispanic whites. Coverage of the campaign has included stories in La Prensa, El Economista America, Noticieros Televisa, Orlando Sentinel, and Fox News Latino.

Patient Resources Available from

During Afib Month and beyond, you can help. Forward this information to someone who may have afib, and check out these resources:

  • What You Don’t Know About Afib Could Kill You Video:  This quick overview video provides important facts that those concerned about afib need to know. Then, go to and sign your name to the Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation campaign in the lower right of the page. You’ll join over half a million people who have already signed the charter and are spreading awareness about afib and strokes.
  • News and Videos:  This section of features the latest news and videos, including interviews with the world’s top afib doctors who can help patients understand the condition and treatment options.
  • Discussion Forum:  Here, afib patients gather to support each other in living with afib.

About Atrial Fibrillation

As the most common irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, also known as afib, affects more than 5 million Americans. One-third of those who have the condition may not have symptoms. By 2030, as many as 17 million people may have it. About 350,000 hospitalizations a year in the U.S. are attributed to afib. In addition, people over the age of 40 have a one in four chance of developing afib in their lifetime. Having afib increases your stroke risk by 500 percent and can lead to heart failure and dementia.  


The mission of is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, support the doctor-patient relationship, and wipe out afib-related strokes worldwide. It provides information about atrial fibrillation symptoms, causes, risks, treatments, resources, and the latest afib news and videos.

Now the No. 1 Arrhythmia site on the Internet and in the Top 5 Heart Disease sites, has received the HON Code Certification from the Health on the Net Foundation, signifying a credible, trustworthy medical web site. CEO and founder, Mellanie True Hills, is also the author of A Woman’s Guide to Saving Her Own Life and has been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Weekend,, and in Heart-Healthy Living, More, and Success magazines.

Contact information

For more information, visit or contact Mellanie True Hills at 940-466-9898 or