Category Archives: Stroke

Roundup of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month Stories and Resources

Today we have a roundup of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month stories for you: In her EP Lab DigestPatient Perspective column for this month, StopAfib.org founder Mellanie True Hills summarized the atrial fibrillation stroke prevention report produced by the Afib Optimal Treatment Task Force. There is a lot of great information for patients in this article. …

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Global AF Patient Charter now tops 10,000 Signatures

Over 10,000 patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, policy makers and the general public from 136 countries have signed the world’s only Global Atrial Fibrillation Patient Charter calling for government action to help prevent millions of people from dying or becoming disabled by a stroke caused by Atrial Fibrillation (AF). To learn more, see:  Global Support Increases …

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Aspirin for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention — Video with Dr. Waldo

At Heart Rhythm 2012, Dr. Albert Waldo shared with StopAfib.org’s Mellanie True Hills about why aspirin should no longer be used for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation. Dr. Waldo noted that many global afib guidelines have been revised, or soon will be, to remove aspirin as a recommended atrial fibrillation stroke prevention treatment. …

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Watch the Team AFib webinar, AFib CARE: Creating A Role for Effective Teams, hosted by StopAfib.org

Team AFib presented a webinar, AFib CARE: Creating a Role for Effective Teams, in honor of National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in 2011. A panel of healthcare providers and caregivers provided important information to help patients and caregivers work with members of their healthcare teams. If you didn’t get a chance to tune in to …

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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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Is It Time to Re-think Typical Atrial Fibrillation Treatment?

The wildly beating heart, fatigue and other debilitating symptoms are well known to the many millions of people impacted by atrial fibrillation. Some of those who have afib may have no outward symptoms, but are still at risk of serious and long-term damage to the heart. Symptoms or not, rate control is the common treatment …

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Update on Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention — Video interview with Dr. Daniel Singer of Harvard

In this interview, Dr. Daniel Singer updates us on the new anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation stroke prevention that he presented about at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium. He provided an update on rivaroxaban (Xarelto), apixaban (Eliquis), dabigatran (Pradaxa), and edoxaban, and mentioned that all were better than warfarin (Coumadin) in preventing intracranial bleeding (bleeding in the …

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New HRS/EHRA/ECAS Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Guidelines Presented by Dr. Hugh Calkins of Johns Hopkins — Video

At Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2012, Dr. Hugh Calkins, electrophysiologist at Johns Hopkins, presented the new 2012 HRS/EHRA/ECAS Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, which will replace the original guidelines that were published in 2007. Instead of simply rewriting sections that have changed, the writing committee, which was made up …

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Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2012 Recap and Notes – Guest Posts by Dr. John Mandrola

Dr. John Mandrola, a cardiac electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky, who blogs at Dr. John M, live-blogged the 2012 Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium. He has given us permission to reprint his blog posts for the afib community. You will find them here: Recap of Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2012 – Guest Posts by Dr. John Mandrola …

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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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