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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.

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?

Three Holiday Tips from Dr. AFib

Three Holiday Tips from Dr. AFib

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.