Management

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.

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?

Is Your Diet Triggering an AFib episode?

Is Your Diet Triggering an AFib episode?

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.

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.

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.