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Your heartbeat is what keeps you going, day after day. But what happens when your heart is not beating normally? Atrial fibrillation (or A-fib) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly. A-fib can make your heart beat too fast or too slowly. One in 4 people over age 40 will develop A-fib, but it can affect people of any age.
While A-fib isn’t always a life-threatening, or even a life-altering, condition, it’s still a medical problem to be aware of and stay up-to-date on, especially if you, a friend, or a family member has been diagnosed with it. To learn more about A-fib and heart health, check out these blogs, which cover new medical research, personal stories, and helpful advice.
ACC In Touch Blog
The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) mission is to improve the quality of care for all heart patients. And they certainly do it with their In Touch blog! It is edited by the current ACC president, Kim Allen Williams, Sr., M.D., with posts coming from expert members of the organization. Archived posts about A-fib provide a wealth of information for medical professionals and the general public. Current posts give useful perspectives on making informed decisions about your care, plus new research and other topics.
Tweet them: @ACCinTouch
Are you athletic, but suffer from A-fib? This is a great blog for you. Written by doctor and athlete Dr. Larry Creswell, it’s all about learning how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle even when you suffer from a heart condition. With a diverse range of posts, including book reviews and interviews with athletes, any energetic person will find a lot to appreciate here.
Atrial Fibrillation by Dr. John M
Dr. John Mandrola is an electrocardiologist based in Louisville, Kentucky. He writes about many heart conditions on his website, but A-fib became a topic of particular interest after he personally experienced an episode while cycling. His posts mostly focus on treatments for A-fib, as well as the relationship between A-fib and stroke. His writing is clear and easy to understand, even for nonmedical professionals.
Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients
This is one of the most well-known websites about atrial fibrillation. Its author, Steve Ryan, Ph.D., is also one of A-fib’s most well-known personalities; he was cured of A-fib in 1998 with a pulmonary vein isolation. In 2002, he started this website to help others navigate the condition and learn about their treatment options. The blog is a great information source for A-fib patients, both for the newly diagnosed and those that have been living with the disease for a long time.
Holy Cross Heart Blog
Want to read a heart health blog totally authored by doctors? You’ve found it! The “Holy Cross Heart Blog” is run by Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is a great resource. A special feature is their “Ask the Doc” column, where doctors answer your questions about heart health. Both the archives and current topics on this blog will educate people concerned about A-fib.
Life in the Fast Lane
Want to read a heart blog with a sense of humor? This is it! The Australasian medical professionals behind “Life in the Fast Lane” work in critical and emergency care. Their site was made with the intention to engage in debates about emergency medicine, toxicology, and more. The perspectives here are interesting and diverse, all served up with wit and charm.
Tweet them: @sandnsurf
Living with Atrial Fibrillation
Travis Van Slooten shares his personal journey as a man living with A-fib, with stories about his family, along with information about his treatments, exercise routine, symptoms, and more. This blog is worth checking out for a refreshing look into what it’s like to live, love, and thrive with a heart condition.
Medscape Cardiology Blog
Wondering about heart health? This can be your go-to resource! This comprehensive site covers all facets of cardiology, including lots of information on A-fib. Medscape has partnered with Mayo Clinic and the American College of Cardiology to provide up-to-date information. With medical studies, drug information, and columns from doctors and researchers, regular visits are sure to keep you informed.
NEJM Journal Watch: Cardiology
Edited by Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., the New England Journal of Medicine’s blog on cardiology covers heart health from a medical perspective. All blog posts are written by practicing doctors and experts in the field.
This blog has lots of specialized medical information, but it’s also easily understood by people who just want general information about arrhythmia and heart health.
Stop A-Fib Atrial Fibrillation Blog
This is a one-stop shop for A-fib patients and other people looking for information about atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia. With videos and updates on the latest A-fib research, this is a terrific general resource for the A-fib community, written by and for people who actually have A-fib and those who care for them.
Tweet them: @stopafib
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