January 22, 2018

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Prediction–StopAfib.org Interviews Dr. Emelia Benjamin

StopAfib.org interviews Dr. Emelia Benjamin of the Framingham Heart Study. See a full transcript of the interview at: www.stopafib.org Dr. Benjamin talked about risk factors for atrial fibrillation, including advancing age, gender, high blood pressure, valvular heart disease, heart failure, longer PR-interval, and biomarkers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and

Dr. Emelia Benjamin Video on AF (Afib) Risk and Family History

In this video interview, Emelia Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University and senior investigator for the Framingham Heart Study, discusses atrial fibrillation risk factors and afib prevention, including the role of family history. She talks about the Framingham Risk Prediction Tool for Atrial Fibrillation and discusses well-known risks, such as advancing […]

Why Those With Atrial Fibrillation Should Consider Pneumonia Vaccination

For those in the northern hemisphere, where winter is coming on, this message could save your life. This applies to most people with atrial fibrillation since the majority have underlying heart disease. It may also apply to many with lone atrial fibrillation who may in fact have undiscovered or undiagnosed heart disease. This is valuable information even for those […]

Tim Russert’s Heart Attack: Was He Our Canary in the Coal Mine?

Since the shocking death of political commentator Tim Russert a few days ago, we have seen a huge outpouring of love and respect for this man who was so admired. I admired him, too, but this post is not about what his life taught us, but about what his death taught us. Many of us with […]

Women, Atrial Fibrillation, and Inflammation

Since I posted a few days ago on Statins Help Women with Atrial Fibrillation, Hans Larsen, owner of the Lone Atrial Fibrillation Bulletin Board, created a great recap of studies related to inflammation and atrial fibrillation, including lone atrial fibrillation (afib without any underlying heart disease). It’s definitely worth checking out to find out more about inflammation. Some findings he included […]

Statins Help Women with Atrial Fibrillation

Post-menopausal women with existing heart disease have less risk of having or developing atrial fibrillation if they are taking statin drugs. This finding was reported at the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco. It appears that it’s the anti-inflammatory properties of statins that cause this. More about study… While the news stories say “older women benefit from […]