June 25, 2017

Dr. Mintu Turakhia on Avoiding Afib Strokes — Video from 2015 AF Patient Conference

In his talk about Avoiding Afib Strokes at the 2015 Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm National Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, Dr. Mintu Turakhia of Stanford University discussed how our thinking about afib and stroke, and when to treat, has changed over the last couple of years. Access Dr. Turakhia’s talk at: Video: Avoiding Afib […]

Why You Shouldn’t Use Aspirin for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention — Video with Dr. Waldo

At Heart Rhythm 2012, Dr. Albert Waldo shared with StopAfib.org’s Mellanie True Hills about why aspirin should no longer be used for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation. Dr. Waldo noted that many global afib guidelines have been revised, or soon will be, to remove aspirin as a recommended atrial fibrillation stroke prevention treatment. […]

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. […]

CHA2DS2-VASc or CHADS2 For Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention? Should Aspirin Be Used? Video with Prof. Greg Lip

In this important video interview at Venice Arrhythmias, Professor Gregory Lip discusses the importance of the CHA2DS2-VASc scoring tool for predicting atrial fibrillation stroke risk and why aspirin is not appropriate for preventing strokes. Watch the video at: Professor Gregory Lip Discusses CHA2DS2-VASc Tool for Predicting Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation — Video

CHADS2 Scores May Understate Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Risk

New research from Denmark shows that CHADS2 underestimates stroke risk. In the study, atrial fibrillation patients who were at intermediate risk with the CHADS2 scoring system had more than twice the stroke rate of those defined by the enhanced CHA2DS2-VASc tool as being at intermediate risk. While CHADS2 deemed 32.3% of patients to have intermediate […]

Are you at risk of bleeding from anticoagulants Coumadin or warfarin: New “HAS-BLED” tool assesses risk for those with atrial fibrillation

One of the most common questions we get centers around the use of anticoagulant drugs—either the brand drug, Coumadin, or the generic version, warfarin—and whether or not an atrial fibrillation patient should be on them. Anticoagulants decrease stroke risk, but can also increase bleeding risk. How do you sort it all out? It’s just as […]

Atrial Fibrillation, Coumadin®, & the CHADS2 Score–StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Manish Shah

If you have atrial fibrillation, how do you know your risk of stroke and whether or not you should be taking Coumadin® or warfarin? Dr. Manish Shah talks about the CHADS2 scoring system that addresses this afib controversy and how your doctor will assess your CHADS2 score. Dr. Shah is