April 26, 2017

Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month 2011 Happenings

Raising afib awareness is intensely personal for StopAfib.org founder, Mellanie True Hills, and led her to create the first Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in 2007. Working with other organizations, Hills helped urge the U.S. Senate to officially designate National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in September 2009.

This roundup recaps what happened during Afib Month 2011, including the involvement of singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, a fellow afib patient. It also talks about the rollout of new content and capabilities at StopAfib.org. For more information, see:

Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month Evolved from Patient’s Passion


  1. Several of my family members have AF symptoms – stats show it occurs in up to 25% of seniors. I believe most AF is due to magnesium insufficiency/deficiency. Indeed most people are magnesium insufficient/deficient, A small trial was conducted a few years ago that deliberately and progressively reduced magnesium over a few weeks – researchers had to stop trial after 3 out of 13 subjects developed AF for the first time. AF was entirely reversed by giving magnesium supplements! Here are some of the results found at: http://www.jacn.org/content/26/2/121.full

    “Results: During magnesium depletion, heart rhythm changes appeared in 5 women and resulted in 4 prematurely entering the magnesium repletion period (42 to 64 days of depletion instead of 78). Three women exhibited atrial fibrillation and flutter that responded quickly to magnesium supplementation.”

    • Chris,

      Thanks for mentioning magnesium. It is considered an essential supplement within the afib community, especially over at Hans Larsen’s Lone Afib Forum. Often magnesium is given right away to afib patients in the Emergency Room. Magnesium and potassium are critical. Fish oil is also widely considered essential for preventing arrhythmias.