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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...

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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 ...

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When Your Heart Skips a Beat

Admit it. The title of this little sharepost sounds romantic, doesn’t it? My heart skipped a beat. Zingwent the strings of my heart. Well my heart went Boom when she crossed that room… Ah, love is grand, but palpitations…not so much. My first experie...