Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines 2019 with Doctor AFib

Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines 2019 with Doctor AFib

In this article I will discuss the 2019 Guidelines Update on the Management Of The Patient With Atrial Fibrillation. I’ll discuss several new points about the management of atrial fibrillation patients.

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect AFib?

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect AFib?

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.

How Does Cold Weather Affect Atrial Fibrillation?

How Does Cold Weather Affect Atrial Fibrillation?

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?

Can a Watchman Procedure Reduce My Risk for Stroke?

Can a Watchman Procedure Reduce My Risk for Stroke?

In this article I will discuss the watchman procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation, and discuss who should be candidates for this procedure.

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.

AFib and Congestive Heart Failure

AFib and Congestive Heart Failure

Considering overall heart health, there are often other heart  issues that go along with atrial fibrillation. A common condition those living with AFib often face is congestive heart failure, commonly known as CHF. In this article I discuss the complexity of managing patients that have BOTH conditions. Read my article here for my thoughts.

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.

The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living

The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living

Many patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation will need a strategy they can utilize for decades, but the management of atrial fibrillation requires a two-pronged strategy and it is necessary to address both immediate and future goals to achieve the best possible outcomes. Here I present my Healthy Living Guide to help set a foundation for short term and long terms treatment options.

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.

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.

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. If your Atrial Fibrillation is causing you to have a slow heartbeat, a treatment you may be currently considering is a pacemaker.

What Should I Do During An AFib Attack?

What Should I 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.

How Does Stress Affect Atrial Fibrillation?

How Does Stress Affect Atrial Fibrillation?

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.

Atrial Fibrillation and Alcohol

Atrial Fibrillation and Alcohol

Let’s face it. Some people enjoy drinking alcohol. There are some pretty tasty wines out there that really complete a meal. But if you have AFib, you may be wondering if atrial fibrillation and alcohol mix. Getting more of the facts can help you make a decision about including alcoholic beverages in your diet.

Do You Experience Exercise Induced AFib?

Do You Experience Exercise Induced 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.