AFib Treatments

Can a Watchman Procedure Reduce My Risk for Stroke?

Can a Watchman Procedure Reduce My Risk for Stroke?

There are millions of patients throughout the United States living with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm, which can significantly increase a patient’s risk of stroke. A patient with atrial fibrillation is 5 times more likely to have a stroke then someone without atrial fibrillation. But why is someone with atrial fibrillation more likely to have a stroke?

THREE Ways to Save Money on Your Eliquis Prescriptions

THREE Ways to Save Money on Your Eliquis Prescriptions

Since being FDA approved in 2012, Eliquis has become an excellent option for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Eliquis was approved based on the results of the 2011 ARISTOTLE Trial. During this trial, over 18,000 patients were studied. Eliquis was compared to Warfarin over a mean period of 1.8 years. During this study Eliquis was shown to be superior to Warfarin in reducing risk of stroke. Patients taking Eliquis also showed significantly less risk for major bleeding compared to Warfarin.

What Do I Need to Know About Digoxin?

What Do I Need to Know About Digoxin?

After isolation from the digitalis plant, the medication digoxin was first used in the 1930’s to treat a variety of heart conditions in both pill and intravenous form. Digoxin remains one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the management of atrial fibrillation.

Magnesium and AFib

Magnesium and AFib

When a patient goes online and searches about magnesium and AFib, they will find an abundance of information on its use. There are several web pages promoting magnesium use as a natural treatment for atrial fibrillation in addition to promoting several over the counter supplements for magnesium. But what does the data show? Is there any medical literature that says magnesium is beneficial for atrial fibrillation?

The Dr. AFib Review of the KardiaMobile and KardiaBand

The Dr. AFib Review of the KardiaMobile and KardiaBand

Over the last several years there has been an emergence of wearable devices and other at home technology aimed at monitoring people’s health. This includes the development of smart watches and activity sensors such as Fitbit and Apple Watch.  With over 5 millions Americans being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, it’s no surprise many companies have started to offer at home monitoring for atrial fibrillation.  These devices provide a unique opportunity for patients to monitor their AFib together with their doctor. Of the devices currently on the market, the most popular is the KardiaMobile and the KardiaBand, which are both made by AliveCor. 

AFib and Coronary Artery Disease

AFib and Coronary Artery Disease

AFib and coronary artery disease are two very common heart conditions. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cardiovascular disease, while atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Still, there’s a great deal of misunderstanding on how coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation relate to each other and how to manage patients that may have both conditions.

For the Caregivers of Someone Living with AFib

For the Caregivers of Someone Living with AFib

If you are the caregiver or loved one of someone dealing with a complicated medical condition, such as atrial fibrillation, this post is for you.

First, I would like to begin by saying, “Thank you”. I understand that navigating this condition as a caregiver can often be stressful and demanding.

Now, I’d like to offer you some tips for caring for someone with atrial fibrillation, so you can better understand the condition and what you may need to do if complications arise.

Why Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Matters

Why Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Matters

The month of September marks atrial fibrillation awareness month.

Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib, is the most common heart rhythm disease. It affects millions of people in the US but it is often less understood compared to other heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease. My goal is to increase awareness about this very serious heart disease.  

As an Electrophysiologist, I specialize in AFib. I practice in Houston, Texas and have treated thousands of patients with atrial fibrillation, with more patients being diagnosed every day in our hospitals nationwide.

How Much Will AFib Cost Me?

How Much Will AFib Cost Me?

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.

Can a Pacemaker Help with My Atrial Fibrillation?

Can a Pacemaker Help with My Atrial Fibrillation?

If you’re living with AFib, it’s likely that you’re constantly on the lookout for treatments that may provide relief.

Tend To AFib

Tend To AFib

People who have AFib need to tend to their disorder. Additionally, those affected by someone with AFib needs to work with that person’s disorder. Basically, tending to AFib comes from two basic views; either for yourself if you have the disorder or for the person you see with AFib. This blog post is divided into those two basic viewpoints.

Manage Your Stress – AFib Diet

Manage Your Stress – AFib Diet

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.

Choosing AFib Catheter Ablation

Choosing AFib Catheter Ablation

Are you an impatient patient? Do you expect your AFibto be “fixed”only using modern medicine?Expecting that your AFib can be fixed ONLY by surgery may hold you back from enjoying your best health.Your health is not “once and done.” It’s an ongoing process to work with. It is important to be active and pro-active in your health decisions.There are questions to ask yourself before you decide whether or not to undergo AFib catheter ablation.

Living With AFib Long Term

Living With AFib Long Term

Your health picture constantly changes. Nothing stays the same forever. In fact, not one second passes with your physical health going unchanged. People living with AFib long term can better cope with their “new normal” of an irregular heartbeat by seeing the situation as a challenge to be conquered rather than an inconvenience about which to complain.

Tips For Living With AFib – Manage Your Stress

Tips For Living With AFib – Manage Your Stress

Excess stress can contribute to triggering an AFib episode.If you are already living with AFib, reducing stress leads to better coping with it.

What To Do During An AFib Attack

What To Do During An AFib Attack

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.

Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Your heart is an amazing organ empowered and operated by blood, natural chemistry, biological design and other scientifically proven factors. Your heart beats rhythmically using its natural electricity.If your health profile changes and creates anomalies such as AFib, you then need treatment for atrial fibrillation. Once treated, your heart issues can be managed in a way that supports better health.

Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines

Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines

We all have our special interests. Mine is the human body and especially the amazing organ called the heart. I believe that by knowing basics about the heart and AFib, you can have a better understanding of your AFib. When you know a lot about your heart, you can also understand the value of today’s atrial fibrillation guidelines.

Stress and Atrial Fibrillation

Stress and Atrial Fibrillation

Currently, there is no known medical cure for atrial fibrillation. Instead, medical professionals focus on symptom relief and preventing AFib complications such as stroke using medical therapies and/or surgical procedures. Stress can cause atrial fibrillation to be more troublesome to sufferers. Therefore, it is recommended that you find natural ways to effectively manage your stress. Before starting any stress reduction program, get the advice of your doctor. There are many ways a patient can promote stress reduction such as through yoga or mediation, regular exercise, and patient or family support groups.

Tips To Manage Anxiety and Palpitations

Tips To Manage Anxiety and Palpitations

Anxiety and palpitations. For people with AFib, they sometimes experience anxiety about their condition. What I tell my patients is this; worrying about their AFib never heals the disorder. Instead, it aggravates it. And, it can interrupt your life routine, including your sleep routine.

If you’re getting poor sleep because you “what if” possible anxiety-causing scenarios about having irregular heartbeats, that also can have a negative effect on your wellness.For this reason, I’d like to share some tips about effectively managing anxiety you may be feeling about your AFib.