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'The A-FIB Independent Post'

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'The A-Fib Independent Post' is the patient's unbiased source of relevant news on Atrial Fibrillation issues, emerging treatments and research findings (with a little light-heartedness added in along the way. Our goal is to help you find your A-Fib cure or best outcome by becoming your own best patient advocate. Check back often. Or copy this RSS feed address and paste into your reader: http://www.scoop.it/t/the-a-fib-independent/rss.xml (our RSS feed URL).

 

The 'A-Fib Independent' is curated by Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of the non-profit patient education website,'Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients' (www.A-Fib.com), and author of the new book, 'Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure' (www.BeatYourA-Fib.com) both written in plain language for the non-medical reader.

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Jennifer Baskin Kidd's curator insight, March 25, 2015 2:40 PM

My Son was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation at 18 years old

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Weight Loss Helps Afib Patients Control Symptoms - Heart Health Center

Weight Loss Helps Afib Patients Control Symptoms - Heart Health Center | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it
People with atrial fibrillation who lost over 30 pounds had fewer and shorter afib episodes, finds a new study.

 

.. Losing weight makes a difference for people managing the irregular heartbeat of atrial fibrillation, or afib, finds an Australian clinical trial published today in JAMA, and a U.S. expert agrees.

In a study of 150 afib patients who were also overweight or obese, researchers provided either weight management or general lifestyle advice. All of the patients got intensive management of cardiometabolic risk factors — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and sleep apnea, as well as alcohol use and smoking.

The study was conducted by Prashanthan Sanders, PhD, at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, and also presented at the American Heart Association AHA meeting in Dallas this week.

 

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Being overweight probably puts more strain on your heart, exasperating your Atrial Fibrillation. Weight-loss helps many conditions.

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ER visits for A-fib: 70% of the time result in Hospitalization

ER visits for A-fib:  70% of the time result in Hospitalization | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

(HealthDay)—Nationwide, 69 percent of emergency department visits for atrial fibrillation (AF) result in hospitalization, with patient- and hospital-level factors affecting hospitalization, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Atrial Fibrillation is not initially life-threatening, so why so many E. R. hospitalizations? When diagnosed in your doctor's office (often during a routine exam) you aren't rushed off to hospital. No wonder health costs are high.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:28 PM

Atrial Fibrillation is not initially life-threatening, so why so many E. R. hospitalizations? When diagnosed in your doctor's office (often during a routine exam) you aren't rushed off to hospital. No wonder health costs are high.

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VIDEO: Evidence Lacking for Supplement Use in Prevention of Heart Disease or Cancer

VIDEO: Evidence Lacking for Supplement Use in Prevention of Heart Disease or Cancer | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

There still is not enough evidence to recommend for or against vitamin and mineral supplements for primary prevention of heart disease or cancer, a draft of updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) stated.

 

Sidney Smith Jr., MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , told MedPage Today that "information like this is very helpful in terms of informing us about the value of nutritional supplements."

 

"I think we have to remember this deals with primary prevention, and my advice based on this and everything I'm seeing coming out is choose your diet wisely," he said. "That's the best thing you can do for cardiovascular health and cancer.   Watch the video, read the article... http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/42842?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2013-11-12&eun=g388495d0r&userid=388495&email=dr.usman23@gmail.com&mu_id=5381424

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

This taskforce looked at the use of supplement in the PREVENTION of cardio disease in healthy people (not the use for those with mineral deficiencies, such as Magnesium in patients with Atrial Fibrillation).

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Nursing Professor Looks to Connect More Nurses to Research

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Excerpt from article by Peter James, The Prince George Citizen

 

...While going about their regular duties, often nurses will come across clinical situations that require further study and Banner-Lukaris wants to help equip them with the skills to be able to conduct those research projects.

 

Banner-Lukaris was recently awarded the cardiovascular research nursing excellence award from the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses in part because of the webinars she's conducted with nurses across the region about the research possibilities that exist for nurses who are engaged in practice.

 

In the webinars, Banner-Lukaris teaches nurses the basics about how to get involved in medical research, from how to review a journal article, to tips for preparing literature reviews to how to build connections with research institutes. Read more... http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20131113/PRINCEGEORGE0101/311139990/-1/princegeorge0101/prof-looks-to-connect-more-nurses-to-research ;

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Those who work most closely with patients my bring unique perspectives to research efforts.

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VIDEO CLIP: Why Catheter Ablation Instead of Meds? (00:29)

VIDEO CLIP: Why Catheter Ablation Instead of Meds? (00:29) | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

Dr. Sean Beinart, M.D., an electrophysiologist with Washington Adventist comments why a catheter abalation procedure was chosen for Guillaume Marçais, a 37-year old father with Atrial Fibrillation. :29 sec clip from the longer video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uioG

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Number of restless leg movements during sleep may predict AFib progression

Number of restless leg movements during sleep may predict AFib progression | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it
Number of restless leg movements during sleep may predict AFib progression Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network In their study, 205 patients with more than 35 leg movements per hour were more likely (odds ratio, 1.88) to experience progression...
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AFib Linked to Increased Risk of Myocardial Infarction

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study published online Nov. 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine."...The risk of MI was significantly higher in women than in men and in blacks than in whites. No significant differences were seen in the risk of MI associated with AF in older vs. younger patients....

 

These findings add to the growing concerns of the seriousness of AF as a public health burden: in addition to being a well-known risk factor for stroke, AF is also associated with increased risk of MI.

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Atrial Fibrillation is often dismissed as a nuisance arrhythmia because it is not immediately life threatening. The facts are that A-Fib is a progressive disease if not properly diagnosed and treated. It's associated with a greater risk of clot and stroke. And now we know an increased risk of heart attack (myocardial Infarction).

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Howie Mandel Challenges People To Learn The Fibs And Facts About Atrial ... - Wall Street Journal

Howie Mandel Challenges People To Learn The Fibs And Facts About Atrial ... - Wall Street Journal | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it
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People who have an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem may not know the facts about the condition. About the Fibs or Facts Campaign

 ... Fibs or Facts is an educational campaign from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer to help people learn the fibs and facts about AFib not caused by a heart valve problem and its associated increased risk of stroke....Read more...

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Health eHeart: New Research Study aims to end Heart Disease - You can help!

Health eHeart: New Research Study aims to end Heart Disease - You can help! | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is leading a new research study, the Health eHeart Study, aimed at ending the #1 killer, heart disease . The study will look at many different heart conditions, including atrial fibrillation.

 

Join! You can help in this initiative to learn how health and habits affect heart disease. You do NOT have to have a heart condition to participate, so your FRIENDS and FAMILY members are WELCOME to participate as well. Learn more...

 

See the short video at Watch “Health eHeart study http://www.health-eheartstudy.org/

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

The study is lead by our friend, cardiac electrophysiologist Jeffrey Olgin, MD, chief of the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 29, 2013 12:12 AM

The study is lead by our friend, cardiac electrophysiologist Jeffrey Olgin, MD, chief of the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

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'Surviving American Medicine: How to Find the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, Right Treatment with Today's Health Care' by Dr. Cary Presant

'Surviving American Medicine: How to Find the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, Right Treatment with Today's Health Care' by Dr. Cary Presant | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

'Surviving American Medicine: How to Find the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, Right Treatment with Today's Health Care' by Dr. Cary Presant:

 

Read the newest review on Amazon.com: "Excellent reference. Do you know how to get the most of every doctor visit? How to maneuver through the many Medicare choices? Or how to challenge an insurance claim rejection?  Dr. Presant takes you by the hand and leads you through the maze of the medical system. " Read more... 

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Written by our new friend, onologist Cary Presant, MD. His book is a great companion to my own book, Beat Your A-Fib.

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Heart screenings offered to student athletes /National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Heart screenings offered to student athletes /National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

La PORTE, INDIANA - Free heart screenings will be offered for high school athletes for National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month of October.
"Young life is precious. If we could detect any defects we could help save a life," said Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital Doctor Rishi Sukhija.

..."About 250,000 to 400,000 people die from  cardiac arrest a year but only about one or two per 100,000 are young  people," said       Sukhija. "It is not very common but it happens occasionally. Read more...

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

What a great Idea! We have all heard of a teenage athlete dying from an undiagnosed heart condition. I hope other communities pick up the idea.

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Personalised management of atrial fibrillation in the future will reduce the associated excess mortality

Personalised management of atrial fibrillation in the future will reduce the associated excess mortality | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

Personalised management is the only way to close the mortality gap for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to an ESC consensus paper presented at ESC Congress 2013 by Professor Paulus Kirchhof (UK).

 

..."There is still plenty of room to improve the management of AF even if we apply all the evidence based therapies currently available - for example the new oral anticoagulants have improved mortality by just 5-10%. And every fourth patient with AF is admitted to hospital at least once a year due to AF, which illustrates the high morbidity and healthcare costs associated with the disease." Read more...

 

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

You should demand personalized treatment for your Atrial Fibrillation. One-size does NOT fit all. You don't have to live a life on meds. Seek your cure. read more at A-Fib.com

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The best price ever! I don't know how long it will last, but Amazon.com has my book for $13.57 --- that's 60% off ($32.95 retail). Give the gift that gives peace of mind --- knowing that Atrial Fibrillation can be CURED!

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:28 PM

Best price ever! I don't know how long it will last, but Amazon.com has my book for $13.57 --- that's 60% off ($32.95 retail). ORDER TODAY! Give the gift of peace of mind --- knowing that Atrial Fibrillation can be CURED!

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Specific Heart Contractions Could Predict Atrial Fibrillation - UCSF

Specific Heart Contractions Could Predict Atrial Fibrillation - UCSF | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

In a study to be published in the Dec. 3 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers discovered that patients who have more premature atrial contractions (PACs) detected by a routine 24-hour Holter monitor have a substantially higher risk for atrial fibrillation. Read more...

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New imaging method 'predicts' heart attack risk

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Scientists have created an imaging technique that can detect which patients are at high risk of heart attack. The device 'lights up' fatty plaques in the arteries that may rupture.

 

more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/268643.php


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Dr.Dominique Dock's curator insight, November 12, 2013 7:42 AM

This might guide doctors to use statins ONLY in patients who can benefit from them !?....

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“We can buy from Amazon at 2am but we can’t talk to our physician. That has to change.”

“We can buy from Amazon at 2am but we can’t talk to our physician. That has to change.” | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

Shafiq Rab, CIO of Hackensack UMC, said healthcare can’t forget about the patient. “We can buy from Amazon at 2am but we can’t talk to our physician. That has to change.”

 

Patients expect better efficiency, said Rab, which is coming to healthcare for the first time.

 


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The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation Triggers

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'Slide set' from Better Medicine/Healthgrades: Accurate 10-slide summary of the basic types of treatement for Atrail Fibrillation. Introductory level.

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Good overview for your family, friends and coworkers.

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More Americans Living Longer With Cardiovascular Disease Will Increase Costs While Lowering Quality Of Life

More Americans Living Longer With Cardiovascular Disease Will Increase Costs While Lowering Quality Of Life | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

In the past several decades, some risk factors for cardiovascular disease have improved, while others have worsened. For example, smoking rates have dropped and treatment rates for cardiovascular disease have increased—factors that have made the disease less fatal. At the same time, Americans’ average body mass index and incidence of diabetes have increased as the population continues to live longer—factors that have made cardiovascular disease more prevalent. To assess the aggregate impact of these opposing trends... .Read the abstract for their findings. 

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, November 9, 2013 11:54 PM

While cardiac disease is the the leading cause of death in the US, this article indicates that obesity will be an increasing health factor for our aging population.

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Biomarker Can Predict Events in Afib Patients

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Beta-trace protein (BTP), a biomarker that has been associated with both kidney damage and an increased cardiovascular risk, may help identify high-risk atrial fibrillation patients, researchers found.

 

Among patients with atrial fibrillation who were on stable oral anticoagulant therapy, high plasma levels of the protein were associated with significantly elevated risks of embolic events, adverse cardiovascular events, death, and major bleeding, according to Gregory Lip, MD, of the University of Birmingham in England, and colleagues.

 

Also, adding information about BTP levels modestly improved the predictive ability of models that included two established risk scores  --  CHAD2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED  --  as indicated by higher C-statistics, they reported in the Nov. 5 issue of CHEST. Read more...

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Medical IDs...

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Jim Evans writes "Hale and Hearty" a heart health column in The Lansing Star online. His heart history includes a blocked cartiac artery relieved by installation of a stent.

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Dr Portnay blog: new Caffeine and Atrial Fibrillation study results

Dr Portnay blog: new Caffeine and Atrial Fibrillation study results | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

As I lover of coffee, I read a recent report of the lack of connection between atrial fibrillation and caffeine with much relief. Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent sustained malignant heart rhythm in adults and a leading cause of stroke. 
Two recent studies were published evaluating over 115,000 patients...

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Some A-Fib patients report that coffee is a trigger for their A-fib episodes. Bottomline: test your sensitivity for yourself - stop all caffeine for a couple weeks, then introduce one caffeine product for a few days to see the results. Keep a journal.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 29, 2013 12:35 AM

Some A-Fib patients report that coffee is a trigger for their A-fib episodes. Bottomline: patients need to test their sensitivity - stop all caffeine for a couple weeks, then introduce one caffeine product for a few days to see the results. Keep a journal.

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Customer Reviews of 'Beat Your A-Fib' on Amazon.com

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Read the newest customer review by Tristine who's father has A-Fib. Read at:

 http://www.amazon.com/review/R14ZWW1GVQKEBU/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0984951407&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

 

Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure: Written in everyday language for patients with Atrial Fibrillation at Amazon.com.


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VIDEO: How and Why to Take your Pulse

VIDEO: How and Why to Take your Pulse | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

VIDEO: Know Your Pulse; short video on why and how to take your pulse. From the Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A), 1:56 From the Arrhythmia Alliance.

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A simple task could identify a life altering arrhythmia.

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Boston Scientific to Pay $30 Million in Healthcare Fraud Case re: Defective Implantable Defibrillators

Boston Scientific to Pay $30 Million in Healthcare Fraud Case re: Defective Implantable Defibrillators | The Atrial Fibrillation Independent Post | Scoop.it

The Department of Justice announced last week that Boston Scientific Corp. and Guidant, a subsidiary of the company, will pay $30 million to settle allegations that it sold defective implantable defibrillators to health care facilities, who then implanted them in Medicare patients. These devices are used to treat individuals who are at risk of cardiac arrest due to an irregular heartbeat. Read more...

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Infographic: Patients Want Access To Their Electronic Medical Records

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84 percent of US consumers believe they should have full access to their electronic medical records while only a third of physicians (34 percent) share this belief, according to an Accenture survey.

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