Leslie Lafayette, Patient Expert

Leslie wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Heart Health.

Straight Answers About AFib

We’ve been going back to the basics about atrial fibrillation because so many patients, family and friends have questions. Let’s look at some more questions and answers about this most common of heart arrhythmias. We thank the American Heart Associat...
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Cardioversion and Atrial Fibrillation

I’ve been sharing in real time what’s been happening since late January, when I woke up one morning after 9 years in normal sinus rhythm and noticed that my chest and possibly heartbeat felt a little strange. I attributed it to indigestion, figuring ...
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Why AFib Is a Lonely Disease

Author Carson McCullers told us that the heart is a Lonely Hunter. But, I had forgotten that atrial fibrillation is a lonely disease. Lonely because it doesn’t show. Lonely because it is often underdiagnosed, undertreated, and not really understood b...
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Blood Thinners and AFib

Last time we were discussing atrial fibrillation, we looked at blood thinners and why they are so important, not only for those persistently or permanently in afib, but those who go in and out of it (paroxysmal afib). Afib is an irregular heartbeat t...
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The Role of Blood Thinners in Atrial Fibrillation

When the cardiologist broke the news that I was experiencing atrial fibrillation, and after the initial surprise and dismay, the first concern I had – and apparently the first concern most of us who are diagnosed with this common heart arrhythmia hav...
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What AFib Feels Like

There had been an illness in the family, and I had been the primary caregiver for several months. My former husband had a flare up of Crohn’s Disease. He lost a good deal of weight, and had to be put on a feeding tube. His recuperation took a long ti...
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What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?

Last time, we were taking an initial tour through atrial fibrillation, the most common heart arrythmia, and learning that while it is more common as we age, it can occur at any time. A-fib can cause uncomfortable symptoms or none at all, so it is imp...
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Anxious? Stressed? Don't Worry, Your Heart Has A Brain

Much of my life I saw my heart as the enemy. From my first physical at the University of California, as a freshman of 17, and after running up a few flights of stairs, I was told I had a heart murmur and began to view my heart as something to fear. I...
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