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New Expert Recommendations on Assessing Atrial Fibrillation Stroke and Bleeding Risk for Appropriate Anticoagulation

The Atrial Fibrillation Optimal Treatment Task Force, led by the Alliance for Aging Research, has just released a consensus statement developed by a group of leading afib stroke prevention experts. We at StopAfib.org are proud to have been part of the development of this consensus statement, which recommends a process for assessing afib stroke and …

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Traditional Heart Disease Risk Factors Account for Half of Black-White Racial Disparity in Stroke

Although the total number of stroke deaths declined by more than 50 percent between 1978 and 2006, racial disparities in stroke deaths have remained and efforts to eliminate health disparities have been unsuccessful. Between ages 45 and 65, blacks are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from stroke than whites, but we haven’t …

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Stuck in the Middle: Afib Patients on Rate Control, from EP Lab Digest January, 2012

Our January EP Lab Digest Patient Perspective column, Stuck in the Middle: Afib Patients on Rate Control, focuses on how rate control treatment (such as beta blockers) alone impacts the quality of life of those living with atrial fibrillation. The column also explores things doctors and patients may wish to consider in determining an appropriate …

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What Everyone with Atrial Fibrillation Should Know about Multaq (dronedarone)

As a patient, you probably see lots of hype-filled reports about various drugs. After a drug is approved, there’s an inevitable blitz of negative publicity which often scares people away from important new solutions that could help them. There has been so much news lately about Multaq (dronedarone), the drug designed to provide the benefits …

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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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Dr. Keith Ferdinand on Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Among Blacks and African Americans — Video

In this video, Dr. Keith Ferdinand, Chief Science Officer of the Association of Black Cardiologists, talked about heart disease and atrial fibrillation among minorities, especially blacks and African Americans. He talked about why blacks appear to have less afib than whites, and what blacks should be doing to prevent AF and heart disease. Watch the …

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Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation after Catheter Ablation Linked to Age, Gender, and Afib Type

Up to 30% of patients could have very late recurrence of atrial fibrillation after catheter ablation, according to research highlighted at the recent Boston AF Symposium. Very late recurrence, which is when atrial fibrillation resumes more than one year after ablation, may be the result of age, gender, type of afib, and existence of other …

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Full-Body Scans, Federally-Mandated Groping, and Atrial Fibrillation, Oh My!

By Mellanie True Hills I just got home from a one-week multi-city trip and have so much catching up to do. But with the furor over the new airport security screening procedures that have just gone into effect in the US, I have some thoughts that I simply must share before my head explodes. This …

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New European Afib Guidelines Lead the Way, Incorporating Newest Atrial Fibrillation Treatments

New medical guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) incorporating the latest afib research put Europe ahead of the U.S. when it comes to standardized treatment of atrial fibrillation. Stroke prevention and symptom relief are at the heart of the new ESC guidelines, which also make it clear that the risk of stroke for …

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