AFib Triggers

How Does an Implantable Loop Recorder Help Manage Atrial Fibrillation?

How Does an Implantable Loop Recorder Help Manage Atrial Fibrillation?

These monitors are like the heart monitors that you have worn in your doctor’s office, except it's underneath your skin. You don't have to actually wear anything and you can go and do all your normal activities. These devices have a battery life that typically lasts for three years. It can give your doctor a lot of information about how your atrial fibrillation is doing.

Can Atrial Fibrillation Give Me a Heart Attack?

Can Atrial Fibrillation Give Me a Heart Attack?

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.

Is the KETO DIET SAFE for AFib Patients?

Is the KETO DIET SAFE for AFib Patients?

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.

Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Cured?

Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Cured?

In this article I will discuss the topic of whether atrial fibrillation is curable, and the importance of long-term care for AFib patients.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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?

Dr. AFib’s 7 Most Commonly Asked Questions

Dr. AFib’s 7 Most Commonly Asked Questions

In this popular article I discuss my most commonly asked questions about Atrial Fibrillation. Is AFib curable? How does stress affect AFib? Can you safely drink alcohol if you have Atrial Fibrillation? Read my article to find out my answers!

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.

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.

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.