April 28, 2017

Gender Matters: Why Afib Is More Fatal for Women

EP Lab Digest recently published Gender Matters: Why Afib Is More Fatal for Women, authored by StopAfib.org founder Mellanie True Hills. In it, she discussed the research into why atrial fibrillation and afib-related strokes are more deadly for women and what can be done. Topics include: Stroke and bleeding risk assessment tools, including CHADS2, CHA2DS2-VASc, […]

Did Pope Benedict Have an AV Node Ablation for His Atrial Fibrillation?

There is interesting new information in an article today regarding the Pope’s atrial fibrillation and strokes. It reports that he had a bleeding stroke in 1991, along with a stroke in 2005. The bleeding stroke could certainly explain why he was refusing anticoagulants. Even more interestingly, the article also reports that he had a pacemaker […]

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 […]

Women Have Different Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Results from Men — Video Interview with Dr. John Mandrola

At the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2011, Dr. John Mandrola presented a poster on gender-specific results of atrial fibrillation ablation in a private practice setting. In this video interview with him about the poster, he mentioned that in his experience women appear to be more challenging to treat with atrial fibrillation ablation and do […]

AV Node Ablation: Why You Shouldn’t Have It

One topic, AV node ablation, makes the rounds of the atrial fibrillation discussion groups on a regular basis, and has just come back around again. All at about the same time, several afib patients’ doctors have insisted that they have an AV node ablation with a pacemaker implant. Thus they have come seeking others’ experiences. […]