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Mexican Americans with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Have More and Worse Strokes

A new study exploring ethnic differences in stroke risk for people with atrial fibrillation (AF) showed that Mexican American stroke survivors with afib were more than twice as likely to have another stroke as comparable non-Hispanic white stroke survivors with afib. Researchers were surprised by the study’s finding that severity of recurrent stroke is also …

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Watch This Video to Take a Stand Against Atrial Fibrillation (AF or Afib) and Stroke, Then Pass It On

Today is a very special day – it's the start of the fourth annual National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. In celebration, StopAfib.org is kicking off a new initiative asking YOU to Take a Stand against Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke. We are launching the new Take a Stand video that shares important statistics about the impact …

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Learn About Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) with a New Guide

Whether you're an atrial fibrillation patient or caregiver, or are just interested in learning more about afib, check out the new Get Started Learning About Atrial Fibrillation Guide at StopAfib.org. You'll find a wealth of information, including: what afib is and the problems it causes, including stroke and congestive heart failure information about an afib …

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Dr. Emelia Benjamin Video on AF (Afib) Risk and Family History

In this video interview, Emelia Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University and senior investigator for the Framingham Heart Study, discusses atrial fibrillation risk factors and afib prevention, including the role of family history. She talks about the Framingham Risk Prediction Tool for Atrial Fibrillation and discusses well-known risks, such as advancing …

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If Catheter Ablation Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease and Stroke Risk Then Keeping Atrial Fibrillation Patients in Sinus Rhythm May Become the Goal

Findings presented at Heart Rhythm 2010 showed that stopping atrial fibrillation—whether through medication, surgery, or in the case of this study, catheter ablation— could potentially prevent the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and also reduce the risk of stroke and death. Doctors John D. Day, MD, and T. Jared Bunch, MD, at …

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Washington Post looks at how “atrial fibrillation is easy to find, but evidence on how best to treat it isn’t”

Atrial fibrillation took center stage in a feature story in Tuesday's Washington Post. The article not only looked at treatment for atrial fibrillation, but also at what afib does to patients. The atrial fibrillation experiences of Mellanie True Hills, founder of StopAfib.org, were included in this story. Read more at: Washington Post Highlights Afib: Atrial …

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What Factors Can Predict Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Success

Doctors are trying to identify the characteristics that predict which patients aren’t likely to be successful with a catheter ablation for their atrial fibrillation. At a session at the recent Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting, some of the factors discussed included left atrial size, left atrial volume, left ventricle dysfunction (improper functioning of the left …

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What is Success for Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation — Report from Heart Rhythm Society 2010

An important session at Heart Rhythm Society 2010 was "Medical Issues After Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter." It dealt with what constitutes success following catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (afib) and atrial flutter, and which is more important, the medical definition or the patient's definition. Which definition is used can have implications for treatment …

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Dr. Nassir Marrouche Discusses Use of MRI to Personalize Atrial Fibrillation Treatment and Avoid Stroke – Video

In this video interview, Dr. Nassir Marrouche, Executive Director of the Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research and Management (CARMA) Center at the University of Utah Health System, discusses the findings he recently presented at the Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting in Denver. He discussed the intriguing way they are using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), to personalize atrial …

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African Americans Show Less Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Women Need More Aggressive Afib Treatment — Findings from HRS

At Heart Rhythm 2010 in Denver recently, a session on demographic factors influencing atrial fibrillation management and outcomes featured the following research findings: African Americans Have Less Risk Than Caucasians of Atrial Fibrillation After Bypass Surgery Blacks Have Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation After Age 60 Than Whites Despite Higher Risk Factors Women with Atrial …

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