October 13, 2015

ESC: Risk of stroke with or without atrial fibrillation

As reported at the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam, among patients with 0-2 stroke risk factors, those with atrial fibrillation had a three-fold risk of stroke over those who didn’t have afib. But that difference declined as the number of risk factors increased. The risk of stroke was high in those with 3 or […]

ESC: New Anticoagulant, Edoxaban, Safer Than Warfarin

We’re finally getting a glimpse into what to expect from edoxaban, the 4th new anticoagulant medication. At the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam, it was reported that edoxaban was safer–in other words, had less bleeding–than warfarin for those with deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) or pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the […]

ESC: Women with atrial fibrillation are undertreated by GPs

This confirms what we already knew… As reported today at the European Society of Cardiology in Amsterdam: “Women with AF receive less anticoagulation treatment than men despite the fact that they are at greater risk of stroke. The new CHA2DS2-VASc score should be used more stringently, especially in women, to optimise their treatment. Treatment of […]

Atrial Fibrillation May Lead to Earlier Cognitive Decline

People with atrial fibrillation may develop age-related cognitive decline (thinking and memory problems) at a younger age than those without afib, a new study says. We already knew that cognitive decline becomes more common as people get older, and that afib may have contributed to this cognitive decline. But we didn’t know for sure until […]

StopAfib CEO Mellanie True Hills Interviewed by Deanne DeMarco on Today’s Inspiring Women — Audio

Todays Inspiring Women

On Today’s Inspiring Women, host Deanne DeMarco interviewed Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO of Trench-It, and Mellanie True Hills, Founder and CEO of StopAfib.org. Mellanie’s interview starts at about 31 minutes into the program; however, if you happen to be a young woman in business, you’ll also enjoy listening to the interview with Loretta Rosenmayer, a very […]

Dr. Andy Kiser Discusses the Hybrid Ablation for Tailoring Atrial Fibrillation Treatment — Video

In this video interview, Dr. Andy Kiser discusses the hybrid ablation (also called the hybrid procedure) for atrial fibrillation to tailor treatment for individual patients. This hybrid approach combines a surgical ablation procedure and a catheter ablation in the same setting, and is done by a team that consists of both a surgeon and an […]

Dr. Nassir Marrouche on Multicenter Atrial Fibrillation DECAAF Trial Presented at HRS — Video

In the late breaking clinical trials session at Heart Rhythm 2013, Dr. Nassir Marrouche presented results of the multicenter DECAAF trial. Dr. Marrouche talked with us on video about the results presented at HRS, including the role of hypertension (high blood pressure) in the development of atrial fibrosis and the evaluation by MRI of atrial […]

Dr. Sanjiv Narayan on Results of FIRM Ablation Without Pulmonary Vein Isolation — Video

In the late breaking clinical trials session at Heart Rhythm 2013, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan presented early results of the multicenter PRECISE-PAF trial of FIRM ablation without pulmonary vein isolation. We caught up with Dr. Narayan and he talked with us on video about these findings along with other FIRM results presented at HRS. To watch […]

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 […]