Medication

How Does A Beta-Blocker Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

How Does A Beta-Blocker Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

If you've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, it's very likely that as some point you were prescribed a beta-blocker medication, which the most commonly used is Metoprolol or there are variety of others used including Carvedilol, Atenolol, Labetalol, Bisoprolol, just to name a few. These medications are very commonly used so I will discuss why they are used and discuss common side affects of these medications.

Can Weight Loss Improve your AFib?

Can Weight Loss Improve your AFib?

In this article I will discuss how weight loss can improve a patient’s atrial fibrillation. What is the data to support a recommendation for weight loss? Find out my in my article.

Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Cured?

Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Cured?

In this article I will discuss the topic of whether atrial fibrillation is curable, and the importance of long-term care for AFib patients.

What is a Cryptogenic Stroke?

What is a Cryptogenic Stroke?

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. In this post I discuss the relationship between a cryptogenic stroke and atrial fibrillation.

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?

What are the benefits and risks for the medication Digoxin? Here I will explain the key features that every patient should now about this commonly used medication for atrial fibrillation.

Does Magnesium Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

Does Magnesium Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

In this article I will be discussing the role of magnesium supplementation for patients with atrial fibrillation. What does the data show and what do I recommend to my patients?

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.

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.

What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor About My Atrial Fibrillation?

What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor About My Atrial Fibrillation?

Going to the doctor once you’ve received any kind of diagnosis can be scary, confusing and completely overwhelming. Many patients are afraid to voice their confusion or simply don’t know what to ask their doctor in the first place.