The 14 Best AFib Health Blogs of 2013
14 Best AFib Blogs of 2013
Atrial fibrillation, sometimes called AFib, is a type of rapid, irregular heart rate (arrhythmia) that can cause poor blood flow to the body. Symptoms of the condition can include heart palpitations, weakness, and shortness of breath.
Learn more about managing AFib by reading the 14 best AFib health blogs of the year. Click through the slideshow to see the 2013 winners.
Fifty-three-year-old distance runner and mountain biker Michael McCullough is the voice behind AFib Runner. McCullough, who lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is in persistent atrial fibrillation. This means that unlike some athletes who go in and out of the condition, he is not expected ever to move out of it.
McCullough shares moving personal viewpoints and experiences about the effects of AFib on trail running, ultra running, mountain biking, and other endurance sports.
Stop AFib Blog
CEO Mellanie True Hills created a “for patients by patients” site called the Stop AFib Blog. Her goal was to allow people with AFib to talk about living with it and ways to manage it.
True Hills’ site includes a supportive community discussion forum to allow visitors to discuss AFib with others who are experiencing it. It also offers an online guide to learn more about AFib and AFib strokes.
StopAfib.org, part of the American Foundation for Women’s Health, produces the informative blog Stop AFib. Here visitors can increase their knowledge, improve quality of life for themselves or a loved one, and help prevent an AFib-related stroke.
Stop AFib features links to current news stories on atrial fibrillation, as well as inspiring patient stories, resources for patients and caregivers, and a convenient search form to locate AFib services nationally.
Journal of AFib
The Journal of Atrial Fibrillation (JAFIB) provides a forum for communicating innovative and original research findings. The goal is to improve the understanding of the pathophysiology of AFib as well as patient treatment and survival.
The Journal of AFib site features full research papers and short communications on topics including surgical management, medical treatment of AFib, technology and devices, and nonmedical therapies. A special blog section highlights manuscripts from each issue of JAFIB, including videos from selected manuscripts.
The Heart is a comprehensive site created by WebMD to inform readers on a wide range of heart conditions, from arrhythmia (including AFib) and clinical cardiology to heart failure and hypertension.
The site profiles leading thought leaders in the field through authoritative blogs and columns. Some notable participants include cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol, heart failure specialist Dr. Ileana Piña, and thrombosis expert Dr. Samuel Goldhaber.
Dr. Sinatra - Heart Health
Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has earned him the title “America’s #1 Integrative Cardiologist.” Dr. Sinatra - Heart Health is Sinatra’s blog, which includes a search feature for conditions A to Z, including AFib.
Whether you’re looking for general health advice, heart-health guidance, community connection, or vitamins and supplements targeted to specific conditions, you’ll find it at Dr. Sinatra - Heart Health.
NEJM Journal – Cardiology
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) offers content related to specialty areas and topics, including cardiology. At NEJM Journal - Cardiology, Editor-in-Chief Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, provides article summaries based on his expert review of more than 200 of the top medical and scientific journals.
Use the search bar at the top of the NEJM Journal – Cardiology site and search for “atrial fibrillation.” A wide range of research-based articles on the topic are available, though some require a paid subscription to NEJM Journal Watch for full access to the articles.
The American College of Cardiology – Blog
The American College of Cardiology - Blog is the official blog of the ACC, a 43,000-member nonprofit medical society dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients.
ACC president John Gordon Harold, MD, and board of governors chair David May, MD, are the primary co-authors of the blog. However, it also features viewpoints from other contributors. Although the blog addresses many general topics on cardiology, some posts address AFib specifically.
EP Lab Digest
EP Lab Digest serves as an educational tool and voice for electrophysiology professionals. It features a blog on AFib, which covers topics from current events to interviews with arrhythmia experts and specialists. The blog also contains special features, such as seeing the disease from the eyes of the patient.
NY Heart Doc
Cardiologist Mark Seldon, MD, is the NY Heart Doc. Describing the advice in his blog as “cardiovascular consulting,” Seldon provides AFib treatment as part of his practice.
His blog focuses on down-to-earth directions on general topics like how long to wait to exercise after a heart attack, and how often to check your cholesterol. AFib-specific posts cover treatment options, screenings, and other “must know” topics for a-fib patients.
Dr. Tryzelaar (known on his blog as “Dr. T”) started the site Cardiac Health to help answer patients’ questions about cardiac disease. Tryzelaar is a retired cardio-thoracic surgeon whose goal is to continue to enable patients to make informed decisions about their heart care.
In addition to providing general information about your heart, Tryzelaar gives you the option to receive personalized information about your risks and optimal treatments based on your health history. You can get more information about your condition by contacting Tryzelaar directly through the site via the “Ask Dr. T” section.
Holy Cross Hospital
The Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center at Holy Cross, which offers high-tech cardiac care, features the medical opinions of six cardiac experts on the blog Holy Cross Hospital. Vicente Font, MD, Charles D. Russo, MD, Joshua Purow, MD, Rishi Anand, MD, Joshua M. Larned, MD, and Daniel Weitz, MD create a power panel to discuss all things related to cardio care.
With AFib as one of the featured blog categories, you can find doctor-generated answers to many questions.
The Athlete's Heart Blog
The Athlete’s Heart Blog features posts by Lawrence L. Creswell, MD, a heart surgeon and avid triathlete. Creswell offers informal information about athletes and heart disease. He also encourages reader discussion to help athletes build a heart-healthier lifestyle.
The blog offers thoughtful viewpoints and commentary on heart-related news for athletes with AFib, as well as other heart conditions.
Jackson Heart Blog
Judson Colley created the Jackson Heart Blog to provide patients with heart rhythm disorders a comprehensive source for information about their condition.
The blog combines general information about various arrhythmias, including AFib, with interesting news snippets, tweets, and Facebook posts about new therapies and treatment options. Factual, research-based, and accessible, the Jackson Heart Blog is a welcome addition to the cardio-blogosphere.
Connect with the AFib Community
Though AFib usually isn’t life threatening, it can require emergency treatment and lead to complications. Learning how to cope with and manage the condition can be key to improving your quality of life.
If you or a loved one suffers from AFib, take some time to explore the posts of the top 14 AFib bloggers of 2013.