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Leslie Lafayette

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

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Straight Answers About AFib

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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Straight Answers About Afib

Do you know what atrial fibrillation is? Do you have questions about it?

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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 ...

Why AFib Is a Lonely Disease

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...

Rate Control vs. Rhythm Control in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

Rate Control vs. Rhythm Control in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

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 that goes along with it.

Blood Thinners and AFib

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...

What AFib Feels Like

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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Atrial Fibrillation: America's Most Common Abnormal Heart Rhythm

The first thing I noticed about atrial fibrillation had nothing to do with my heart or chest. The first thing I noticed was that my lips for some reason felt tingly. I would only notice this in the evenings, when I had settled down and was watching t...