September 21, 2017

Deaths from atrial fibrillation high despite use of anticoagulants

Today, at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, it was reported that even though 80% of atrial fibrillation patients who should be on anticoagulants (according to their CHA2DS2-VASc score) are on anticoagulants, death rates at one year are still high. Most of those deaths are due to cardiovascular causes. The risk factors predicting […]

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 […]

Top Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Videos of 2012

StopAfib.org is pleased to unveil the Top Ten Atrial Fibrillation Videos of 2012. This year the FIRM ablation interviews with Dr. Narayan topped the list. Other popular topics included stroke prevention, new afib guidelines, sleep apnea, and medications. Stories about efficacy of catheter ablation and surgical procedures, comparisons of rate and rhythm control, and other […]

Top Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Articles of 2012

StopAfib.org is pleased to unveil the Top Ten Atrial Fibrillation Articles of 2012. There were many topics of interest this year to the atrial fibrillation patient community. As always, the top interest was atrial fibrillation stroke prevention — that included the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scoring tools that determine the need for anticoagulants, the HAS-BLED tool […]

New Expert Recommendations on Assessing Atrial Fibrillation Stroke and Bleeding Risk for Appropriate Anticoagulation

The Atrial Fibrillation Optimal Treatment Task Force, led by the Alliance for Aging Research, has just released a consensus statement developed by a group of leading afib stroke prevention experts. We at StopAfib.org are proud to have been part of the development of this consensus statement, which recommends a process for assessing afib stroke and […]

Vote Yes to Ask the FDA to List Vitamin K on Food Labels

At the American College of Cardiology meeting last week, I discovered a neat project being tackled by Alere, the sponsor of PTINR.com, which is a web site we highly recommend for those taking Coumadin or warfarin. If you take warfarin or Coumadin, you know that you have to keep your vitamin K intake consistent, but […]

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 […]

Atrial Fibrillation & Stroke Prediction–StopAfib.org interviews Prof. Gregory Lip

StopAfib.org interviews Prof. Gregory Lip, of the University of Birmingham (UK) Find more information on the CHADS2 scoring system, and on Prof. Lip, at: http://www.stopafib.org/newsitem.cfm/NEWSID/369 In this video interview, Dr. Lip discussed the CHA2DS2-VASc tool, which was recently adopted by the European Society of Cardiology Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines for predicting stroke risk in atrial fibrillation. […]

Top Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Articles of 2011

In follow up to our announcement yesterday of the Top Ten Atrial Fibrillation Videos of 2011, StopAfib.org now unveils the Top Ten Atrial Fibrillation Articles of 2011. Major topics of interest to the atrial fibrillation patient community this year were afib stroke prevention and the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scoring tools that determine the need for […]

Top Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Videos of 2011

StopAfib.org has announced the Top Ten Atrial Fibrillation Videos of 2011. Afib stroke prevention again topped the list, with stories about warfarin (Coumadin), alternatives such as dabigatran (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scoring tools for determining whether anticoagulants are needed. Other popular topics included sleep apnea, catheter ablation, and maze procedures (surgical […]