Discussion Forums Provide Special Interest Topics and Local Support Groups

December 29, 2009 4:13 AM CT

If you haven’t participated in the Discussion Forums and Community yet, please stop by for a visit to check us out.

How to Sign Up

Simply click on Forum, or click on the Forum graphic below the menu on any page of

To register for the forum, click on the button marked Register in the upper right, read the terms and check the box underneath to agree to them, and press the Continue Registration button.

Choose and enter a username (not seen by others), a display name (your alias for the community), and your e-mail address. At the bottom of the page there is a form of spam protection (known as a Captcha) to make sure you’re a human — type the words you see in the image into the box underneath it and press the Register button at the bottom of the screen.

To finish registering, check your e-mail inbox at the address you used to register for a confirmation link in an e-mail from Click the link and you should be confirmed.

Then simply click on the Sign In button in the upper right, enter your user name and password, and press the Sign In button to participate in the discussion forums.

As soon as you’re signed in, notice the Getting Started forum, which has information to help you set up your member profile with your afib story, to post topics, and to search.

What You’ll Find There

In the various folder tabs across the top you’ll find:

Forums — you will find a variety of forums here to participate in, some about general afib topics and some for special interest topics or local support groups

  • Afib Forum for General Discussion — lots of discussions going on there already
  • Afib Local Support Groups — some are active and some are just getting started and need your input
    • Portland Oregon
    • Boston
    • Dallas-Ft. Worth
    • Springfield IL
    • Phoenix AZ and the Southwest
  • Afib Special Interest Topics — again, some started and some needing your input
    • Afib and Acupuncture
    • Afib and Chiropractic
    • Afib and Exercise
    • Afib and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    • Afib and Intimacy
    • Afib and Pregnancy
    • Afib and Sleep Apnea
    • Valvular Afib
    • Young Afibbers
  • Test Forum — an area to play around in to learn how to use the forum

Members — information about members, including their profiles. To post your own profile (your afib story), click on your name in the upper right (once you’re signed in), click on My Profile, and fill in the About Me area. You can also set up your photo and avatar (picture that appears on postings), and provide contact information. Using the folder tabs on your own member page, you’ll be able to see topics you’ve started and posts you’ve made.

Calendar — we’ll post upcoming afib events there.

Photo Gallery and BlogsComing Soon — the forum includes these social media tools to allow you to upload photos and create your own blogs. You might want to use your own blog to journal about your afib journey.

We hope you’ll join in the discussions and both give and get help.