October 18, 2017

Expert Recommendations for Atrial Fibrillation Screening

Screening for silent atrial fibrillation (afib with no symptoms) in those 65 and over, and treating with blood thinners (anticoagulants), could prevent thousands of strokes worldwide each year according to a top-level panel of experts in today’s issue of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

StopAfib.org is part of the AF-SCREEN International Collaboration that is behind this global push to introduce national afib screening programs, and our founder, Mellanie True Hills, was a co-author of this report, bringing the patient perspective to it.

To learn more, see:

Experts recommend screening for Atrial Fibrillation in older people to cut risk of stroke and death

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  1. I have an afib episode about once every 3 months and have noticed that when the episode ends I get this very faint feeling in my head just before transitioning out of an episode. Anyone else out there get this? I have described it to my doctors but they seem oblivious to the transitioning out of an episode. Any care to share how their episode ends?

    • Brenna Lara says:

      Hi Jim,

      Thank you for sharing your afib story and your symptoms. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum (http://forum.stopafib.org/index.php) to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story and experience there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience.

      You’ll need to join to see and participate in the discussion. To do so, go to forum.stopafib.org, and click on the big red button that says, “Sign Up”. Once you sign up by registering your email address, your preferred username, and a password, you’ll receive an email to confirm your interest in joining the forum. Click on the confirmation link in that email, and you are ready to go. You’ll be able to log into the forum, read the discussions, and participate. I hope that you are able to find others to connect with there that can give you advice, suggestions, and hope.
      You can view a how-to video here: http://getinrhythm.com/how-to-register-on-forum

      There are many resources on living with afib that you might find helpful.
      For more information on afib and afib management, we have many resources available to you.
      • News Stories on afib http://www.stopafib.org/news.cfm
      • Patient Resources at MyAfibExperience.org
      • Afib Blog
      • Video Presentations from the 2015 Atrial Fibrillation Patient Event

      Best of luck to you! We wish you sinus rhythm.

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