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 if I just got up and started moving around that I would feel better, but I didn't. ... Read more
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 by doctors or laypeople.
I've been writing about atrial fibrillation,... Read more
When you or someone you care about is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation it's important to know what your doctor's main goals are in treating this common cardiac arrhythmia.
Your doctor will be most concerned about preventing any kind of circulatory instability that may result from the irregular beat and to avoid the higher risk of stroke... Read more
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 that can raise chance of stroke by five times normal. It's a serious concern to keep blood from... Read more
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