AFib Education

Is the KETO DIET SAFE for AFib Patients?

Is the KETO DIET SAFE for AFib Patients?

Today 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.

The keto diet is an extremely popular and controversial diet right now, and it was actually one of the top Google search terms of 2018, so there are many, many people interested in the keto diet, and I've had several patients of mine ask me about the keto diet and whether I think it's safe for them to use since they have atrial fibrillation.

How Does a Cardioversion Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

How Does a Cardioversion Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

In this article, I will be discussing cardioversions, and how they can be helpful for patients who have atrial fibrillation.

So, first of all, what is a cardioversion? A cardioversion is an electrical shock to your heart to try to reset your heart, to get you out of Atrial Fibrillation, and back to Normal Sinus Rhythm. You may have seen on TV, or in a movie when somebody's heart stops, and they take the electrical paddles and give them the electrical shock to bring them back to life. Meanwhile, your favorite actor will yell usually -“Everyone Clear!”

Can Weight Loss Improve your AFib

Can Weight Loss Improve your AFib

Obesity is a worldwide problem with a significant presence in the United States. People with obesity are much more susceptible to developing health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep apnea, as well as heart disease. Of these adverse health conditions, the risk of heart disease includes, but is not limited to, atrial fibrillation.

Can AFib Be Cured?

Can AFib Be Cured?

As Information and technology surrounding atrial fibrillation continue to improve, a question that I often get is, “can AFib be cured?”

To better answer that question, we first must identify what a cure means. My strict definition of a cure for atrial fibrillation is that through either a procedure, medication, or a lifestyle change a patient has zero episodes of AFib for the rest of their life with absolutely no symptoms. If we adhere to that definition, unfortunately, the answer is no; there is no cure for atrial fibrillation.

What is Cryptogenic Stroke

What is 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. The cause of CS remains unknown because the event is transitory or reversible, medical tests have not been exhaustive, or because some causes truly remain unknown. One-third of the ischemic strokes is cryptogenic.

When Should I See an Electrophysiologist?

When Should I See an Electrophysiologist?

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.

If you have heart arrhythmias or another heart rhythm disorder like atrial fibrillation, you actually should be visiting an electrophysiologist. As both a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, patients often ask me what the difference is between the two.

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect AFib?

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect AFib?

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, affects an estimated 6 million Americans. It is an arrhythmia characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications.

Although atrial fibrillation can have a range of causes, research reveals a strong link between AFib and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA.

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?

There are millions of patients throughout the United States living with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm, which can significantly increase a patient’s risk of stroke. A patient with atrial fibrillation is 5 times more likely to have a stroke then someone without atrial fibrillation. But why is someone with atrial fibrillation more likely to have a stroke?

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?

After isolation from the digitalis plant, the medication digoxin was first used in the 1930’s to treat a variety of heart conditions in both pill and intravenous form. Digoxin remains one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the management of atrial fibrillation.

Does Magnesium Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

Does Magnesium Help With Atrial Fibrillation?

When a patient goes online and searches about magnesium and AFib, they will find an abundance of information on its use. There are several web pages promoting magnesium use as a natural treatment for atrial fibrillation in addition to promoting several over the counter supplements for magnesium. But what does the data show? Is there any medical literature that says magnesium is beneficial for atrial fibrillation?

Dr. AFib’s 7 Most Commonly Asked Questions

Dr. AFib’s 7 Most Commonly Asked Questions

Between caring for thousands of patients at Vital Heart and Vein and supporting my online audience, I have noticed that there are several questions that seem to get asked more frequently than others. It’s for this reason that I wanted to compile some of these commonly asked questions, especially for those recently diagnosed with #AFib who may be feeling these same questions bubbling in their minds. As always, this information is educational in nature, please discuss with your own doctor before making any medical decisions regarding your health.

The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living

The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living

Upon first meeting with a new patient, I frequently explain that we will have both short-term goals and long-term goals in the course of their care. 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.

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.

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.