Category Archives: Treatment - For Patients. By Patients - Stop Atrial Fibrillation

Heart Rate and Beta Blocker Studies For Those with Atrial Fibrillation

Recently there have been a number of new beta blocker and heart rate studies, some of which are contradictory. The findings from some of these recent studies may apply to those with atrial fibrillation: Heart rates over 70 beats per minute predict heart attack risk Slowing the heart rate doesn't protect those with hypertension—or does …

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USA Weekend talks about atrial fibrillation and mini-maze surgery

USA Weekend HealthSmart edition features a story about Mellanie True Hills, founder of, in which she talks about living with atrial fibrillation and communicating electronically with her surgeon before and after her mini-maze surgery. Read:  USA Weekend Talks About Atrial Fibrillation and Mini-Maze Surgery... What are your thoughts on the role that electronic communications should play in your communications …

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Stopping and re-starting amiodarone for atrial fibrillation is more dangerous than continuous use

A study in the October 15 issue of JAMA indicates that reducing how often a patient receives amiodarone for atrial fibrillation does not decrease side effects, but does increase atrial fibrillation recurrence and the risk of death and hospitalizations. Read: Continuous use of amiodarone for atrial fibrillation better than episodic use

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Information for Those Being Treated for High Blood Pressure with Thiazide Diuretics

Since many who have atrial fibrillation also have high blood pressure, this interesting new study out of Vanderbilt University Medical Center may be of value to know about. This study finds that, contrary to the current U.S. hypertension guidelines, thiazide diuretics need to be combined with "potassium-sparing" drugs to reduce sudden cardiac death risk. Read …

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Important Guidelines for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Lately there have been questions, comments, and requests for atrial fibrillation information that already exists in the news story archives. So with September being Atrial Fibrillation Month, it seems appropriate to call attention to the important afib documents and stories in our News archives. You'll generally find there stories that are more than 3 months old. Go to Archived …

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Dr. Lishan Aklog Answers Atrial Fibrillation Patient Question About Amiodarone

At, we asked Dr. Lishan Aklog, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, to address an atrial fibrillation patient question regarding the use of amiodarone for mini maze surgery. You will find his answer here: FAQ:  Dr. Lishan Aklog Addresses Patient Question on  Whether to Use Amiodarone …

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