Many people believe that atrial fibrillation is the result of traditional risk factors such as older age and high blood pressure. A common question that I get online as well as in person with patients is, “Why did I get afib?” But there’s actually more to it than meets the eye.
If you are considering a catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation, here are some tips I can give you about what really happens during an ablation procedure. I’ll walk your through a typical consultation, the preparation, the procedure itself, and the expected recovery.
When patients get an AFib Attack, when is it that they should go to the emergency room or get urgent medical attention? This is a common question that I get, patients want to have some guideline to know when is it safe to be at home.
Today I will be discussing one of the most important features when managing atrial fibrillation, which is determining a patient’s risk of stroke. So how does your doctor decide what is your individual risk of stroke?
Do you have a history of atrial fibrillation and syncope? Can atrial fibrillation actually make you pass out? The answer to that is, YES! I've seen three different ways in which atrial fibrillation can make a patient pass out.
In this blog post I discuss tips for patients recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I will discuss the important first steps to take for your treatment and when to seek expert consultation.
Many patients, when they have episodes of atrial fibrillation, they can feel chest pain and feel as if they are having a heart attack. So, can atrial fibrillation actually give you a heart attack? Read my article to find out more.
In this article I will be discussing the keto diet and for anyone with atrial fibrillation- what you should be aware of if you are considering the keto diet.
In this article, I will be discussing cardioversions, a common treatment option for atrial fibrillation, and how they can be helpful for patients who have atrial fibrillation. Read my article to find out more.
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.
In this article I will discuss the topic of whether atrial fibrillation is curable, and the importance of long-term care for AFib patients.
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.
When you learn you have a heart condition, it’s likely you assume you’ll need to visit a cardiologist. However, not all cardiologists specialize in treating every issue related to the heart. In this article I discuss what is an electrophysiologist and when is the right time for a patient with atrial fibrillation to seek an expert consultation.
Although atrial fibrillation can have a range of causes, research reveals a strong link between AFib and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. In this article I’ll discuss the relationship between atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea.
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?
With the Holidays and New Years right around the corner, it’s important to examine how your changing habits around these festivities can affect your AFib. How do the holidays actually affect a person's atrial fibrillation or potentially increase a person's risk for getting episodes of AFib? There are a variety of ways in which the holidays can affect a person's AFib and trigger episodes.
In this article I will discuss the watchman procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation, and discuss who should be candidates for this procedure.
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 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.
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?