Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Leslie Lafayette's Posts

More Straight Answers About Atrial Fibrillation

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 Association, the Cleveland Clinic, and the American College of Cardiology for their helpful informational... Read moreChevron

Straight Answers about Atrial Fibrillation

Do you know what atrial fibrillation is? Do you have questions about it? Sometimes, in the midst of all of our updates, treatments, medications, surgeries and discussions for and about this most common heart arrhythmia, we forget that more of us are being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation every day, and new people to the condition may have... Read moreChevron

Post Cardioversion and Back in Atrial Fibrillation: Next Steps

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 moreChevron

Atrial Fibrillation 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 by doctors or laypeople.   I've been writing about atrial fibrillation,... Read moreChevron

Rate Control vs. Rhythm Control in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

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 moreChevron