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A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice #1: Find the Best, Choose a Specialist


‘Find the best electrophysiologist (EP),
a heart rhythm specialist, you can afford.’


Michele Straube, cured after 30 years in A-FibGo to an electrophysiologist, an A-Fib expert, right away, one with a high success rate at getting patients back into normal rhythm—you deserve nothing less.” 

Terry DeWitt, cured in 2007“Spend the time to find the best Electrophysiologist (arrhythmia specialist) you can find. It makes a big difference in treatment and in the success of the ablation procedure.”

Find the Best Doctor for You: To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. To help you seek the right doctor, we take your through the steps in our article: Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.

Run―don’t walk―to the best specialist you can find in your area.


‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice” is a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD.

Now A-Fib Free: A Personal A-Fib Story 23 Years in the Making

It’s been a 23-year ordeal for Charn Deol who’s from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. He was 43 in August of 1993 when he was aware of a few skipped heartbeats. He had just returned to Canada after working for years in Southeast Asia. A week later, the irregular heart beating got worse in duration.

Personal A-Fib story by Charn Deol, BC, Canada at A-Fib.com

Charn Deol, BC, Canada

At the same time, Charn’s story is complicated by two other medical problems. First, simultaneous with the start of his A-Fib, a dull aching pain started in the left chest region the size of a 50-cent piece. Second, he was discovered to have very high levels of mercury in his blood.

Mercury Cleared, Atrial Fibrillation Stops!

By 2000, through chelation therapy treatments, the mercury was finally out of his system. And surprise! His atrial fibrillation stopped too. (It is known mercury can concentrate in nerve tissue.) While it’s only a correlative relationship―mercury out of system―his atrial fibrillation did stop.

For 10 years He had No Atrial Fibrillation

In 2010, while starting a hike, the atrial fibrillation began again. The A-Fib would last 6-8 hours and occur an average of 2 times per week. He was immediately tested for heavy metals again…continue reading Charn’s A-Fib story…

No Magic A-Fib Pill: Learn All Your Treatment Options


“To date, the magic pill that will permanently cure your A-Fib probably doesn’t exist.

‘Drugs don’t cure A-Fib. But merely keep it at bay.’ Dr. Dhiraj Gupta, Heart rhythm specialist, UK”


Don’t let your doctor leave you in A-Fib.

Educate yourself about Atrial Fibrillation. Learn about all treatments for Atrial Fibrillation. Review all your options on our page, Decisions About Treatment Options.

And always aim for a Cure!

 

 

 

Eye Disease: The Atrial Fibrillation Link to Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve and is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. While anyone can get glaucoma, those at higher risk include African Americans over age 40, everyone over age 60 especially Mexican Americans, and people with a family history of the disease. Blindness can often be prevented with early treatment.

Link with Atrial Fibrillation: Glaucoma may be related to ischemia (when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen) and has been linked with Atrial Fibrillation. Among A-Fib patients, glaucoma is found especially among those who are female, 60+ years old, take the medication Warfarin and have high blood pressure.

Risk May Be Dormant

Patients may be at risk of glaucoma for years but not develop any signs. Then something changes abruptly, such as developing atrial fibrillation, and the glaucoma-related damage begins to occur.

What Patients Need to Know

When you have Atrial Fibrillation, you should be tested for glaucoma regularly (most ophthalmologists will include a glaucoma test as part of your regular eye care).

if you fall into one of the high-risk groups for the disease, make sure to have your eyes examined through dilated pupils every one to two years by an eye care professional. Graphic of tooth A-fib.com

See the dentist too: Besides regular visits with your eye doctor, A-Fib patients should see their dentist regularly, too! See my article about the link between A-Fib, inflammation and gum disease: Brush & Floss! Is Oral Hygiene Linked to A-Fib

https://nei.nih.gov/glaucoma

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When Tracking Your Heart: Is a Wrist-Worn Heart Rate Monitor Just as Good as a Chest Strap Monitor?

Wrist-worn heart rate fitness trackers like Fitbit and Apple Watch have become trendy wrist accessories, but are they accurate enough for Atrial Fibrillation patients? How do fitness trackers compare to chest strap heart rate monitors (HRMs)?

What’s Behind the Discrepancies? Different Technologies

Chest-band HRM transmitted to wristwatch

Chest strap style heart rate monitors are consumer products designed for athletes and runners, but used by A-Fib patients, too. They measure the electrical activity of the heart. They’re usually a belt-like elastic band that wraps snugly around your chest with a small electrode pad against your skin and a snap-on transmitter.

The pad needs moisture (water or sweat) to pick up any electrical signal. That information is sent to a microprocessor in the transmitter that records and analyzes heart rate and sends it to a wrist watch display or smartphone app.

Optical HRM with LEDs on inside

Wrist fitness trackers typically sit on your wrist and don’t measure what the heart does. Most glean heart-rate data through “photoplethysmography” (PPG) with small LEDs on their undersides that shine green light onto the skin on your wrist.

The different wavelengths of light interact differently with the blood flowing through your wrist, the data is captured and processed to produce understandable pulse readings on the band itself (or transmitted to another device or app).

HRMs Research Study

A 2016 single-center study was designed to find out whether wrist-worn heart rate monitors readings are accurate. Four brands of fitness trackers were compared against the Polar H7 chest strap heart monitor (HRM) and, as a baseline, with a standard electrocardiogram (ECG).

On a personal note, I used a Polar-brand chest-band monitor when I had A-Fib, and that’s what I recommend to other A-Fib patients.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic enrolled 50 healthy adults, mean age, 37 years. In addition to ECG leads and the Polar chest-band heart rate monitor, patients were randomly assigned to wear two different wrist-worn heart rate monitors (out of the four).

Participants completed a treadmill protocol, in which heart rate was assessed at rest and at different paces: between two and six miles per hour. Heart rate was assessed again after the treadmill exercise during recovery at 30 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds.

In total, 1,773 heart rate values ranging from 49 bpm to 200 bpm were recorded during the study. Accuracy was not affected by age, BMI or sex. The four wrist-worn heart rate monitors assessed were the Apple Watch (Apple), Fitbit Charge HR (Fitbit), Mio Alpha (Mio Global) and Basis Peak (Basis).1

HRMs Study Results

Chest Strap Monitors: The chest strap monitor was the most accurate, with readings closely matching readings from the electrocardiogram (ECG).

The chest strap monitor was the most accurate, closely matching the ECG; The wrist-bands were best when the heart was at rest.
In general, the chest straps were more accurate because the sensor is placed closer to the heart (than a wristband), allowing it to capture a stronger heart-beat signal.

Wrist-Worn Monitors: Accuracy of wrist-worn monitors was best at rest and became less accurate with more vigorous exercise, which presumably is when you’d most want to know your heart rate.

None of the wrist-worn monitors achieved the accuracy of a chest strap-based monitor. According to the electrocardiograph, some wrist-worn devices over- or underestimated heart rate by 50 bpm or more.

What Patients Need to Know

Blue-tooth chest-band with smartphone app at A-Fib.com

Blue-tooth chest-band with smartphone app

Wrist-band optical heart-rate monitors may be more convenient or comfortable and have advanced over the years. But in this small study, researchers found that chest-strap monitors were always more accurate than their wrist counterparts and more reliable and consistent.

When monitoring your heart beat rate is important to you (while exercising or doing heavy work), you’ll want to stick with an electrode-containing monitor (chest band-style, shirts or sports bras with built-in electrode pads, etc.).

To help you choose a HRM, see Steve’s Top Picks: DIY Heart Rate Monitors for A-Fib Patients at Amazon.

Bottom line 
Leave the wrist-worn trackers for the casual fitness enthusiasts

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  1. Safety Recall of Basic Peak Watch, Sept. 16, 2016: http://www.mybasis.com/safety/

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Have you read…Steve’s A-Fib Alerts: May 2017 Issue

The A-Fib Alerts May 2017 issue is out and includes reports about A-Fib and Dementia, building your ‘A-Fib Dream Team’, a new FAQ: Is there any guarantee to be sure I never have a stroke?, two new reports about inherited A-Fib and your family, and more! Read our May 2017 newsletter today.

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The Effect of Diet & Nutrition on Your A-Fib: My Top 5 Articles

Many patients wonder if eating or avoiding the right foods might lessen or improve their A-Fib symptoms. While we don’t know of any diet to “cure” your A-Fib, you might consider the “DASH” eating plan recommended by U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute which reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The following articles may answer some of your A-Fib-related questions involving diet and nutrition:

1. Caffeine: “Is drinking coffee (tea, colas, other products with caffeine) going to make my A-Fib worse or trigger an A-Fib attack?”

2. Diet: Is a whole food or organic diet helpful for patients with Atrial Fibrillation? Is there any research recommending one or the other?”

3. Personal A-Fib story: “No Way Am I Having an Ablation! But Diet and Meds Disappoint—A-Fib Free After Ablation” by Saul Lisauskas

4. Nutrition: Why are doctors so opposed to nutrition as a way of helping A-Fib. I tried to talk with my doctor about magnesium and other nutritional supplements. ‘There’s no proof that they work,’ was his response.”

5. Holistic Approach:  “I want nutritional counseling and a more integrated approach to my A-Fib treatment plan. How do I find a doctor with a more “holistic” approach?”

Be a Sleuth: Keep an Episode Diary

Keep a diary of your A-Fib episodes

To determine if certain foods or beverages may be triggering the number and duration of your A-Fib attacks, start by keeping a log or diary. When an episode occurs, note the day & time, duration and what you were doing, eating or drinking.

As you collect data, scrutinize your log entries for patterns and specific triggers. This may lead you to lessen or eliminate certain foods or beverages or even activities that appear to trigger your A-Fib. You may want to share your log with your doctor.

Updated Steve’s List: US Doctors Installing the Watchman Device

If you are at high risk for stroke but can’t or don’t want to take anticoagulants, your doctor may suggest closing off the Left Atrial Appendage using an occluder such as the FDA approved Boston Scientific WATCHMAN™.

Steve’s List of Specialists Installing the Watchman: My original list of doctors installing the Watchman was limited to those EPs participating in the clinical trials. In 2015 the FDA approved the Watchman for use in the U.S. Since then my list of doctors installing the Watchman has expanded. (Internationally, the Watchman has been available since 2009.)

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Watchman occlusion device by Boston Scientific

How to Find a Specialist: Today, you can visit the Boston Scientific website to find medical centers installing the Watchman device; just enter a state or postal code.

Use Steve’s List instead: When looking to install a Watchman device, I recommend you seek an electrophysiologist (EP) who is certified in “Clinical Cardiac Electrocardiography”. Use my list which is organized by state and city. Go to, Steve’s List of Specialists Installing the Watchman Device.

To learn more about the Watchman, see: The Watchman Device: My Top 5 Articles.

Do we Need to Treat the Spouse as well as the A-Fib Patient?

I recall a heart-wrenching email I received late at night from the distressed wife of an Atrial Fibrillation patient. She described how the stress and anxiety of her husband’s A-Fib had reeked havoc with the entire family and placed the burden of their family-run business entirely on her shoulders. The impact of A-Fib had permeated their entire lives.

Her email ended on a positive note, though, as she told me she couldn’t wait for her husband to wake up so she could share the wealth of information and encouragement she had found on our website, A-Fib.com.

Quality of Life for Family and Spouse of A-Fib Patients

Research verifies that living with someone with Atrial Fibrillation may be about as stressful as actually having the condition. While A-Fib is known to lower ‘quality of life’ among patients, researchers wanted to find out how the families coped.

One-third of all A-Fib patients suffer from depression or anxiety.

In one study (Kopan, et al), researchers surveyed 260 patients and 94 spouses attending an educational symposium on living with Atrial Fibrillation.

Patients with atrial fibrillation reported a significant reduction in their quality of life, and their mates described the same, according to Dr. Bruce A. Koplan of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The overall quality of life effects reported by these two groups did not differ significantly. Perceived impacts were:

• Mild impact for 45.1% of patients and 43% of spouses
• Moderate impact for 28.6% of patients versus 25.8% of spouses
• Severe impact for 26.3% of patients and 31.2% of spouses

In a second study (Bohnen, et al) results were similar: 568 subjects completed the survey of which 411 were A-Fib patients and 129 were spouses/partners. The perceived effect of A-Fib on overall ‘quality of life’ was similar between patients and spouses. (Results did not change when adjusted for age and gender.)

Perceived impacts were: Mild for 42.0% of patients vs. spouses 44.1%; Moderate for 26.0% of patients vs. spouses 25.2%; and Severe for 32.0% of patients vs. spouses 31.7%.

Note: the adverse effect of A-Fib on patients’ sex life was the domain most frequently reported as being severely impaired.

Perhaps, A-Fib patients should also ask, “How can I help my family cope with the stress and anxiety of my A-Fib?”

Educate the Family Not Just the Patient

One simple solution might be to make sure the spouse comes to office visits, particularly during the early visits around the time of diagnosis, Dr. Koplan said. “Sometimes spouses come but stay in the waiting room,” he said. “But I don’t think that’s a good idea because they’re suffering too.”

According to Dr. Koplan, educational programs and other interventions aimed at improving patients’ quality of life should take spouses into account as well. Eliminating some of the unknowns may relieve the anxiety for both.

What Patients Need to Know

One of the most frequently asked questions at A-Fib.com is “What can I do for my spouse during an A-Fib attack?” Perhaps, A-Fib patients should also ask, “How can I help my family cope with the stress and anxiety of my atrial fibrillation?”

When I talk with an A-Fib patient, I always ask how their spouse or partner is doing―how they are coping. This often elicits a momentarily pause while the patient stops and ponders the impact of A-Fib on their family.

My best advice to patients is to get all your loved ones involved! Talk with them, answer their questions. Start with my report, “Top 10 Questions Families Ask about Atrial Fibrillation”, and then Why & How to Create Your ‘A-Fib Episode Action Plan’.

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New FAQ About A-Fib Drug Therapy: Any Guarantee Against Stroke?

The following FAQ is very timely as a close friend of mine just suffered a major stroke, even though she was on Coumadin and her INR was in the correct range. I can’t tell you how discouraging this is, not just for her but for me, too. I worked with her to get the best treatment possible and by one of the best EPs in our area. But she still had a stroke.

Q: “I’ve heard of people with A-Fib on anticoagulants who still had a stroke. What can I do to make sure I never have a stroke?”

A: There is currently no way to absolutely guarantee you will never experience a stroke. “Even when A-Fib patients are effectively anti-coagulated, 14% are still found with clots,” stated Dr. John Camm of St. George’s Medical School, London, England, at the 2008 Boston AF Symposium.

Read more of my answer: how anticoagulants can significantly lower your overall stroke risk by as much as 70%, how closing off your Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) can stop 90%–95% of A-Fib clots which usually originate in the LAA, and whether you should consider combining the Watchman with anti-coagulation… Continue reading… .

More About Stroke and Dementia…Link to Artificial Sweeteners

It’s commonly assumed that both sugarsweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia.

But results from the well-known Framingham Heart Study Offspring indicate otherwise.

Researchers studied 2,888 participants over 45 years old for incidents of stroke, and 1484 participants over 60 years old for incidents of dementia. Adjustments were made for age, sex, education (for analysis of dementia), caloric intake, diet quality, physical activity, and smoking.

A-Fib, Stroke Risk and Dementia at A-Fib.com

A-Fib, Stroke Risk and Dementia

Risks of Ischemic Stroke, All-Cause Dementia

Researchers found that higher recent-intake and higher cumulative-intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks “were associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia.”

But results were not the same for sugar! Sugar-sweetened beverages were not associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

What Patients Need To Know

The bad news: For those of us worried about an A-Fib stroke and dementia, we need to avoid artificially-sweetened beverages.

The (somewhat) good news: The same warning doesn’t seem to apply to sugar-sweetened beverages. (This doesn’t necessarily mean that sugary drinks are healthy or good for you.)

For more about Dementia: see A-Fib and Dementia: My Top 5 Articles.

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Inherited (Familial) A-Fib: My Top 5 Articles

Some individuals are clearly more susceptible to developing Atrial Fibrillation than others (likely due to genetic variations in cell functions).

Recent studies suggest that up to 30 percent of all people with atrial fibrillation may have a history of the condition in their family. Researchers are working to determine which genetic changes may influence the risk of atrial fibrillation.

If you suspect inherited A-Fib, read the following to learn more:

1- Understanding A-Fib: Genetics, Will my children get A-Fib too?
2- Inherited A-Fib? Is it More Risky for Family Members?
3- FAQs: Can I Prevent Familial A-Fib with Diet? Supplements?
4- World-Wide Studies on Genetic A-Fib
5- Genetics of A-Fib—40% Increased Risk of Developing A-Fib If Relative Has It

A-Fib Personal Story on A-Fib.comPersonal A-Fib Stories

Read about others with A-Fib that runs in their family. Go to A-Fib Patient Stories: Listed by Subject, and look for Causes, then Genetics/Heredity. Click on the number of any story and that page will open for you to read.

A-Fib and Dementia: My Top 5 Articles

There’s a growing body of evidence linking atrial fibrillation with early onset of dementia, one of the most feared diseases. (New cases of dementia are diagnosed every four seconds.)

When 65+ year olds were asked what disease or condition they were most afraid of getting, 56 percent cited memory-robbing dementia.

While both Atrial fibrillation and dementia have been linked to aging, neither is a normal part of growing older.

A-Fib Patients: Reducing Your Risk of Developing Dementia

You CAN impact developing or avoiding dementia. Review these articles to learn more about the link between Atrial Fibrillation and dementia:

1. FAQ: “I’m scared of getting dementia. Can the right minerals help? I’ve read about the link with A-Fib. What does research reveal about this risk?”
2. Leaving Patients in A-Fib Doubles Risk of Dementia—The Case for Catheter Ablation
3. Warfarin + Aspirin = Increased Risk of Dementia
4. FAQ: I’m concerned because Vitamin D deficiency has been tied to both A-Fib and Dementia. What is a normal level of Vitamin D?
5. Risks of Life-Long Anticoagulation Therapy: Patient on Anticoagulation Therapy for 10 years Develops Cerebral Microbleeds and Associated Early Dementia

Strategies for Preventing Dementia

What doesn’t work: current drugs, even statins, don’t work or have mixed results in preventing dementia.

What does work: Catheter ablation to eliminate your Atrial Fibrillation. Patients who get a catheter ablation have long-term rates of dementia similar to people without A-Fib. (This result holds regardless of their initial CHADS2 score.)

Don’t Settle. Seek your A-Fib cure: To decrease your increased risk of dementia, your goal should be to get your A-Fib fixed and get your heart beating normally again. We can’t say it enough:

Do not settle for a lifetime on meds. Seek your A-Fib cure.

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A-Fib.com 2017 Top-Rated by Healthline.com For Fourth Year

We are proud to announce, for the fourth year, Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients (A-Fib.com) has been named to Healthline.com’s short list of 2017 Best A-Fib Blogs. (We proudly display our 2017 Best Blogs badge in our website’s right column.)

From the Healthline.com article: “We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.”

We also extend our congratulates to our friends who also made the list: Travis Van Slooten (Living with Atrial Fibrillation) Dr. John Mandrola (Dr. John M) and Mellanie True Hills (StopAFib.org).

Healthline.com Best A-Fib Blogs of 2017

Best A-Fib Blogs of 2017

About Healthline: Over 40 million people turn to Healthline every month. From their website: “Healthline’s mission is to be your most trusted ally in your pursuit of health and well-being.”

Visit the Healthline The 2017 Best A-Fib Blogs to review all the winners.

OUR MISSION: A-Fib.com offers hope and guidance to empower patients to find their A-Fib cure or best outcome. We are your unbiased source of well-researched information on current and emerging Atrial Fibrillation treatments.

To Find Your A-Fib Cure, Build Your ‘Dream Team’

Treating Atrial Fibrillation doesn’t sound like a team sport. But you don’t beat your A-Fib on your own. It takes a team of healthcare professionals and wellness experts to help you seek your A-Fib cure!

While your ‘Dream Team’ will be unique to you, based on your age, symptoms, and other medical conditions, the core members of your Dream Team’ will include:

♥ Your primary care physician: often diagnoses your atrial fibrillation; may prescribe and manage your initial medications (especially for risk of stroke); usually refers you to a cardiologist (hopefully a heart rhythm specialist).

♥ Cardiac Electrophysiologist (EP): a cardiologist who specializes in the electrical functions of your heart; often the leader of your Dream Team! (Read: How to Find the Right Doctor for You.) In addition to your EP, other cardiac professionals may be added to your team including:

▪Cardiac procedure specialist: if you need a catheter ablation, a left atrial appendage occlusion device, i.e. Watchman, AV Node/Pacemaker procedure, pacemaker, etc.

▪Cardiac surgeon: if you need a Maze surgery or Mini-maze surgery

Recruit Beyond Your Team Starters

Don’t stop with just recruiting your star performers. Many of our readers at A-Fib.com have drafted other healthcare practitioners and wellness experts to join their Dream Team. You may benefit from one or more of the following:

Sleep specialist: More than 40% of A-Fib patients also suffer from sleep apnea. Everyone with A-Fib should be tested (Sleep Lab or home study). In fact, your EP may require testing before agreeing to perform a catheter ablation. Learn more about sleep apnea.

♥ Nutritional counselor/Naturopathic physician: Many A-Fib patients have found relief of symptoms through herbal and mineral supplementation (starting with magnesium and potassium). Learn more about a more integrated or natural method of healthcare.

♥ Diet & Exercise specialist: Losing weight through diet and exercise has benefited many A-Fib patients. Some report their A-Fib symptoms have diminished or stopped completely through changes in lifestyle. Read more about a heart-healthy eating plan.

♥ Complementary treatment practitioners:

Acupuncture: Many A-Fib patients have reported relief with acupuncture. Research indicates that acupuncture may have an anti-arrhythmic effect in patients with atrial fibrillation. Read about acupuncture research.

Yoga: Many A-Fib patients practice yoga and report benefits, specifically, the number of symptomatic A-Fib events were down, heart beat and blood pressure dropped, depression eased and anxiety decreased. Read about A-Fib and yoga.

Chiropractor: Several A-Fib.com patients have reported relief with chiropractic treatments. In addition, a few clinical studies have focused on arrhythmia and ‘manipulation’ techniques. Read more.

How to Build Your ‘Dream Team’

Over 90 stories of inspiration at A-Fib.com

Seek inspiration!

Forming your ‘Dream Team’ is an important step toward seeking your A-Fib cure. To build your team, we advise you to use all the resources available to you. Ask for referrals from other A-Fib patients, family and friends, and from your doctors’ nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

For inspiration, learn how others have dealt with their atrial fibrillation. Just browse our list of over 90 A-Fib Stories of Hope and Encouragement. Read a few stories with similar symptoms to your own, age group, etc.

Also, consider corresponding with one of our A-Fib Support Volunteers. They’ve all been where you are now. They have been helped along the way, and want to help other A-Fib patients.

Photos of contributors to Personal Experiences on A-Fib.com

A few of our A-Fib Support Volunteers

Remember, above all,
Aim for Your A-Fib Cure!

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A-Fib Reference: The Best Online Medical Dictionary

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Best online medical dictionary

Our favorite!

We still love our softcover Concise Medical Dictionary (Oxford Quick Reference). But what about when you’re reading online and don’t have your medical dictionary handy?

The best online medical dictionary we’ve found is on the MedlinePlus website. It’s powered by Merriam-Webster. Check out MedlinePlus/Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary and bookmark the website: https://medlineplus.gov/mplusdictionary.html

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Reader’s Tip: When A-Fib Hits, How He Uses Intense Exercise

Ian’s a 49-year-old male and has had paroxysmal A-Fib for 6 years. He wrote me about how he uses intense exercise to get out of an Atrial Fibrillation attack. But, he adds, this strategy may be too demanding for some people.

“I can bring myself back to a normal sinus rhythm by going for a run up a steep hill near my home. It’s not necessarily a pleasant experience, but has been successful 100% of the time.

Once I’m back into rhythm, I can either continue on a run or head back home to get on with the day. The only issue is when going for a run is inconvenient—on several occasions I’ve had to run at 2 or 3 am.”

Could This Work for You? Don’t try this unless you are in otherwise good health and exercise regularly. But be cautious. (I’m an enthusiastic runner and tried this back in 1997 when I had A-Fib. It didn’t work for me, and the rapid A-Fib heart rate felt bad.) If you’re in A-Fib and try this, I recommend you don’t run alone. Take a buddy with you, at least the first time you try Ian’s strategy.

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We appreciate Ian taking the time to write and share what’s working for him in managing his A-Fib symptoms. If you would like to correspond with Ian, you can email him at: ian.ph@hotmail.com.

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