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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...

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...

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 is a Cardioversion?

We’ve all seen the dramatic scene, which is almost required for any heart patient on House, Grey’s Anatomy, and even General Hospital …shocking an unconscious patient back to life with “the paddles.” “Clear” shouts the doctor. Paddles applied. Patien...

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The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Recovery after Open Heart Surgery

The first few weeks after I got home from the hospital after having open heart surgery were actually pleasant. The post-surgery euphoria, which so many of us enjoy after a stressful stay in the hospital, was helping me along. I was relieved to have t...

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What It Feels Like Immediately After Open Heart Surgery

Most people who ask about open heart surgery focus on the experience itself. What was it like? When you went into the operating room, what did you see? Do you remember anything? Was it painful? Were you scared? For me, anyway, all surgeries and other ...