A cryptogenic stroke (CS) is technically defined as cerebral ischemia (stroke) of obscure or unknown origin. This is basically a fancy way of saying that a patient has had a stroke, yet doctors have not determined a cause. The cause of CS remains unknown because the event is transitory or reversible, medical tests have not been exhaustive, or because some causes truly remain unknown. One-third of the ischemic strokes is cryptogenic.
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, affects an estimated 6 million Americans. It is an arrhythmia characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications.
Although atrial fibrillation can have a range of causes, research reveals a strong link between AFib and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA.
A common question I get is whether cold weather and atrial fibrillation have any relation. We’re well into wintertime now in the United States and many of us are outside in frigid temperatures. So, the question is, does cold weather actually have an effect on atrial fibrillation? Do people get more frequent episodes of AFib during the wintertime?
When someone gets diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a question that is often overlooked in the beginning days is, “How much will living with and managing atrial fibrillation actually cost me?”
Often the out-of-pocket costs can be surprising to my patients, and unfortunately one of the most common conversations I have during appointments is about limiting the financial burden as much as possible.
In terms of expenses- there are two sides to the equation; How much atrial fibrillation costs from a healthcare standpoint, and how much atrial fibrillation costs individual patients.
Did you know eating certain foods could trigger an AFib episode? It’s true. Especially if you are sensitive to spices and preservatives, you might want to know what foods to avoid that can cause atrial fibrillation. Patients respond differently to foods and toher triggers, so it is important to keep track of what may cause your episodes of atrial fibrillation. For this reason, it may be helpful to create your very own AFib diet plan.
Imagine being at the start of an AFib attack. Sure… you don’t have to imagine it. You are living with AFIb. Commonly, you have palpitations, rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, and simultaneously may also feel extreme anxiety. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what to do during an AFib attack? Well, that’s what my patients have said to me. So, I’ve decided to think about some simple things you can do to help work through it.
How does stress affect atrial fibrillation? We live in a very stressful world these days. When patients are first diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, they sometimes blame the stress in their lives for actually causing the AFib.
People everywhere are learning about and using wearable technology to monitor their heart rate while exercising. Even if you don’t yet know about using heart rate monitoring wearable technology, keep moving to stay fit and extend your life. Those with AFib still need to keep moving as a part of living the highest quality of life. What about exercise induced AFib? Doesn’t AFib mean you need to stop exercising because your body’s blood pump no longer functions correctly? Fortunately, no, it doesn’t. Exercising is still an important part of your life’s routine.