Monthly Archives: April 2011 - For Patients. By Patients - Stop Atrial Fibrillation

Doctor Dos and Don’ts in Communicating with Afib Patients

As the founder of, I have heard from thousands of atrial fibrillation patients who have shared their afib experiences with me. For so many of us, the diagnosis and treatment of afib is confusing and scary. To improve communication between patients and their health-care providers, and ultimately, provide better care, I recently shared with …

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Team AFib Invites You to Webinar “AFib: When Stroke Strikes” May 3, 2011

In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month (May), Team AFib invites you to our inaugural webinar “AFib: When Stroke Strikes”, hosted by the National Stroke Association. A live expert panel will help you learn to recognize and respond quickly to afib stroke signs and symptoms. is a member of Team AFib. To learn more …

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Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Risk Decreases from Radiofrequency (RF) Catheter Ablation

A study presented at the recent American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions by Dr. Matthew Reynolds of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute showed that having a radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of stroke by 40% compared to those who did not have an ablation. To learn more, see: Radiofrequency …

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Atrial Fibrillation in Families — Video Interview with Dr. Patrick Ellinor on Afib Genetic Risk Factors

In this video, Dr. Patrick Ellinor, electrophysiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses research into genetic links to atrial fibrillation. The CHARGE AF or AFGen Consortium, which he co-leads, has identified three regions of genetic susceptibility for atrial fibrillation. The researchers have found that individuals with an immediate family member with afib have a significantly increased …

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Guest Post by Dr. John Mandrola: More Dabigatran (Pradaxa) News

Dr. John Mandrola shares a great update on the latest info regarding dabigatran (Pradaxa, Pradax). Dr. Mandrola not only treats atrial fibrillation patients, but he has also experienced afib himself. I have become an AF-doctor. That means my most exciting aspect of medicine is terminating AF with watts delivered through a catheter. “Got it.” In …

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EP Lab Digest

What Atrial Fibrillation Patients Want Doctors to Know: Bridging the Afib Communications Gap

Mellanie True Hills, founder of, recently spoke at the Fourth Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium. Many of her remarks to this medical conference are summarized in an article just published in EP Lab Digest. You may wish to share it with family and friends who need to understand what it's like to live with …

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