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 have -- was about blood thinners.
Oh no, I thought. I have to take Coumadin.
I had no... Read more
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 time and required at home nursing visits and two 911 calls for dehydration. It was stressful... Read more
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 important for us to learn what we can do to recognize this condition and avoid its serious... Read more
Tick tock. The steady, reliable motion of a fine Swiss watch. Many of us expect that kind of perfection from our own hearts. From before birth and throughout our lives many of us are never aware of our hearts, assuming that they beat steady and true. But arrythmias of the heart are far more common than imagined. And sooner or later most of us... Read more
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.
It didn't help that my father, who was 40 years older than I, had a heart attack... Read more