September 23, 2014

Southern diet increases stroke risk regardless of location, including among atrial fibrillation patients

New research found that a Southern diet is associated with increased stroke risk. Stroke frequency was directly proportional to the quantity of Southern foods consumed by participants in the ongoing REGARDS study, accounting for a 30% increased risk of stroke. The relationship between Southern foods and stroke risk was consistent no matter where in the […]

EP Lab Digest Publishes “A Matter of Trust: How to Build Adherence with Afib Patients”

EP Lab Digest recently published A Matter of Trust: How to Build Adherence with Afib Patients, authored by StopAfib.org founder Mellanie True Hills. The article, based on the experiences of hundreds of afib patients, explores why patients don’t follow doctor recommendations and what they recommend doctors do to improve the situation and create trust and […]

WomenHeart Launches National Educational Initiative About Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Risk for Hispanic Women

On Tuesday, May 14, WomenHeart will launch a new national initiative about afib and stroke risk for Hispanic women. StopAfib.org is honored to be a partner with WomenHeart in this. Here is the announcement from WomenHeart: Join WomenHeart as we launch the first national educational initiative about atrial fibrillation and stroke risk for Hispanic women. […]

Join StopAfib.org & Heart Rhythm Society on May 8th in Denver for Cardiac Arrhythmia Awareness Month Event

On May 8th, StopAfib.org will join with the Heart Rhythm Society for a citywide event in Denver kicking off “Cardiac Arrhythmia Awareness Month” in Colorado. The event, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Skyline Park, will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation. Please […]

Dr. James Cox Discusses the Cox Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation — Video

In commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Cox Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, Dr. James Cox sat down with us to talk about the history of the Cox Maze procedure, and how it has evolved in the past 25 years. To watch the video, or read the transcript, see: The Cox Maze Procedure for Atrial […]

StopAfib.org Founder to Appear on mHealth Zone 2/14/13

StopAfib.org Founder Mellanie True Hills will appear on mHealth Zone on Thursday, February 14, from 12:20-12:30 pm Eastern time. This Valentine’s Day program will focus on how mobile solutions can help improve heart health. Mellanie will discuss mobile atrial fibrillation solutions. “mHealth Does Its Part for Healthy Hearts” will feature special guests: Dr. Samir Damani, […]

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 […]

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 […]