Announces Stroke Awareness Month Activities Focused on Averting an Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Crisis

May 26, 2011

Summary: announces Stroke Awareness Month activities focused on averting an atrial fibrillation stroke crisis.

Dallas, TX — After having a close call with a stroke from her atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common irregular heartbeat, Mellanie True Hills focused the patient advocacy organization she founded,, on raising awareness of atrial fibrillation to avert a stroke crisis. For Stroke Awareness Month (May), the afib and stroke awareness activities that has participated in include:

  • Facing AFib, a partnership in which award-winning actress Susan Lucci and her husband Helmut Huber launched a pledge to educate about atrial fibrillation and stroke
  • Team AFib, a new coalition to advocate for atrial fibrillation patients, which was launched during Stroke Awareness Month
  • Action for Stroke Prevention, a group of leading experts that launched the “How Can We Avoid a Stroke Crisis in the Asia Pacific Region” report calling for urgent coordinated action throughout the region to avoid an atrial fibrillation stroke crisis
  • Bridging the Afib Communications Gap, a summary of the speech Mellanie True Hills presented to doctors and other clinicians at the Fourth Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, was published in EP Lab Digest in time for Stroke Month
  • A video of Mellanie’s presentation about living with atrial fibrillation, which was presented at the launch of the Silver Book: Thrombosis that was sponsored by the Alliance for Aging Research, became available
  • An upcoming live chat on June 13 for those with atrial fibrillation, or who have family members with it, will feature three Cleveland Clinic atrial fibrillation experts, Dr. Bruce Lindsay, Dr. Marc Gillinov, and Dr. David Van Wagoner, who will be joined by founder Mellanie True Hills

Finally, in celebration of a successful Stroke Awareness Month, made the following announcement: “, a patient advocacy organization for those living with the most common irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, is very pleased to announce the addition of four top afib experts to our Global Medical Advisory Board,” says Mellanie True Hills, founder and CEO. “The board is made up of some of the world’s foremost electrophysiologists, cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists, epidemiologists, and researchers, who help us to provide the latest information about atrial fibrillation treatments to afib patients and their families.

New members named to the Global Medical Advisory Board are:

  • Hugh Calkins, MD, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • Pierre Jais, MD, Universitaire de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  • Prof. Prashanthan Sanders, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia
  • Albert L. Waldo, MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

For a complete list of members, see the Global Medical Advisory Board

About was founded in 2007 to improve the quality of life for those living with atrial fibrillation and to save lives by raising awareness of afib and decreasing afib-related strokes. HON Code Certified is for patients by patients, and is the most visited arrhythmia site.

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