April 19, 2014

Dr. Wilber Su Discusses Cryoballoon Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation — Video

In this video interview, Dr. Wilber Su discusses what he has learned from doing more than 600 cryoballoon ablations as well as about 50 hybrid procedures. To watch the video or read the transcript, see: Cryo Balloon Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation — Video Interview with Dr. Wilber Su

Counting our Blessings in Supporting the Atrial Fibrillation Patient Community

As we started 2013, and reflected on how blessed we were to touch the lives of so many in 2012, we received two messages almost simultaneously that really touched our hearts and made us realize that we should be sharing these messages. We frequently receive kind and thoughtful messages from folks who have found solutions […]

FDA Warning: Pradaxa Should Not Be Used by Atrial Fibrillation Patients with Mechanical Heart Valves

Good to see the FDA moving on this as we’re starting to hear of afib patients with mechanical heart valves getting Pradaxa. Here is the FDA announcement… ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing health care professionals and the public that the blood thinner (anticoagulant) Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) should not be used […]

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 […]

Dr. Randy Wolf on Evolution of Atrial Fibrillation Mini Maze Procedure and Comparison to Catheter Ablation — Video

In this video, creator of the mini maze surgical procedure, Dr. Randall Wolf, describes the evolution of the procedure and how it came to be called the Wolf mini maze. He also discusses the effect of a minimalist approach to lesions, as well as how the mini maze procedure compares to catheter ablation. Watch the […]

New Afib Drug Treatments & Rhythm Control Use — StopAfib.org interviews Dr. James Reiffel

StopAfib interviews Dr. James Reiffel Find a transcript and more on Dr. Reiffel at: www.stopafib.org In this video interview at Heart Rhythm 2012, Dr. James Reiffel updates us on new directions in drug treatments for atrial fibrillation. He talks about the combination of ranolazine (Ranexa) and dronedarone (Multaq), both used

Dr. James Reiffel on Atrial Fibrillation Treatments, Including Combining Ranolazine with Dronedarone — Video

At Heart Rhythm 2012, Dr. James Reiffel gave us an update on new medications for treating atrial fibrillation, including the combination of low doses of ranolazine (Ranexa) and dronedarone (Multaq). He also talked about rate control vs. rhythm control for afib, and how the decision can vary by age and level of symptoms. Watch the […]

Atrial Fibrillation & Rate Control as Treatment — StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Eric Prystowsky

StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Eric Prystowsky of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana Find more on Dr. Prystowsky: www.stopafib.org Find more on rate control for the treatment of afib at: www.stopafib.org In this video, Dr. Prystowsky discussed the proper application of rate control as a method of controlling atrial fibrillation, as

Addressing the Atrial Fibrillation Controversy: Rate Control vs. Rhythm Control Treatment for Afib — Video

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In this video interview recorded at Heart Rhythm 2012, Dr. Eric Prystowsky tackled the controversial topic of rate control vs. rhythm control for treating atrial fibrillation, and knowing whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic. He also discussed the issues related to leaving afib patients on rate control long term, such as the buildup of fibrosis […]

Atrial Fibrillation & FIRM Ablation — StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Sanjiv Narayan

StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Sanjiv Narayan of the University of California, San Diego Find more information on this topic, and Dr. Narayan, at: www.stopafib.org In this video interview at Heart Rhythm 2012, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan updates us on the progress of his FIRM (focal impulse and rotor modulation) ablation research and