August 20, 2017

Living with Afib — 2015 Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Video

The Living with Afib session at the 2015 Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm National Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference was presented by StopAfib.org Founder and CEO, Mellanie True Hills, who spoke about: • dedicating the conference to Judy Currier • knowing your stroke risk • autoimmune diseases and afib • common issues such as alcohol, […]

2013 Atrial Fibrillation Conference: Living with Afib: Mellanie True Hills, StopAfib.org

Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference See all conference videos, and download the slides Here, Mellanie True Hills discusses living with afib, communicating with your doctors, and what caregivers should know. She also talks about frequently overlooked relationships with afib, such as sleep apnea and autoimmune diseases including celiac disease/gluten intolerance, […]

Guest Post: How to De-Stress

One of the dictionary definitions of stress is “a force that deforms a body.” Anyone with atrial fibrillation understands how stress deforms a body.  Over the long run, stress accumulates, whether by littles (like a taxing commute) or by lots (losing a job, getting a divorce). As we age, we are less and less able […]

Can Avoiding Dehydration Prevent Atrial Fibrillation “Holiday Heart Syndrome”?

Featured at Grand Rounds: Health Tips at USATODAY.com The holidays seem to bring on lots of atrial fibrillation, often attributed to a condition called “Holiday Heart Syndrome”, which is supposedly caused by consuming too much alcohol and caffeine during the holidays. This year, can we avoid afib caused by Holiday Heart Syndrome? I think so, […]

For happy holidays, some things to do before you go

Because the holidays are full of potential atrial fibrillation triggers—food, hot and cold beverages, alcohol, stress, cold weather, and many more triggers—here’s wishing you the willpower to resist your triggers. And if you can’t resist, here’s wishing that your body holds the afib beast at bay. Here are a couple of recent articles that may […]

MSNBC.com Story Shares Our E-mail Disaster

Whether or not you have atrial fibrillation, stress isn’t good for you. We’ve all had e-mail disasters, and they are stressful. I had one earlier this year. A writer for MSNBC.com recently had her own e-mail disaster, but as I shared my experience, she realized that there is life after e-mail disaster. She wrote up my experience at MSNBC.com […]

The Role of Coffee in Atrial Fibrillation

Is there anyone with atrial fibrillation who hasn’t been told that coffee and caffeine can cause or trigger atrial fibrillation? The first step to controlling atrial fibrillation, we’re often told, is to eliminate coffee. Because of this, coffee and caffeine are frequent topics on afib discussion forums. But there’s interesting information about coffee at the […]

Does Stress Cause Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is so sneaky. So is afib really stress in disguise? Afib seems to sneak up on you when you least expect it and you wonder “where did that come from?” It’s hard to pin down an atrial fibrillation cause or trigger when it’s different every time. For some, it’s triggered by alcohol or […]