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Atrial fibrillation (or AFib) is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and increases the chances of stroke, blood clots, and heart failure. AFib can occur sporadically, although many people experience chronic symptoms due to an underlying heart problem. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), people living with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke.
If you’re diagnosed with AFib, your doctor can answer your questions and provide details about the condition. In those times when your doctor isn’t available, you can find reliable guidance from bloggers who are eager and happy to share their experience and knowledge with you.
StopAfib.org — Atrial Fibrillation Blog
This blog from StopAfib.org is written for patients, by patients. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or you’ve been living with the condition for years, you’ll find that the posts here are sympathetic and supportive. They offer a wealth of helpful advice for people living with this condition. There are videos, guides, and a discussion forum where you can share your experience and read about the personal journeys of others.
Medscape Cardiology Blog
On their news page, Medscape provides a plethora of articles related to cardiac diseases, including heart failure, hypertension, arrhythmias, and stroke. After creating a free account, browse articles in the section titled “Arrhythmia & EP” to educate yourself on advances in AFib. This is also a fantastic resource for discovering other helpful advice, such as the benefits of exercise in patients with AFib.
NEJM Journal Watch: Cardiology
The New England Journal of Medicine’s Journal Watch distributes an abundance of information on cardiology topics to help its readers maintain healthy hearts. As a bonus, the site offers different resources and articles related to AFib, so readers can acquire a deeper understanding of this condition. Read about how to identify atrial fibrillation after a stroke, or educate yourself on the different procedures available to improve symptoms of AFib.
A-Fib News Blog
Steve S. Ryan, PhD, does an excellent job of providing readers with in-depth information on AFib. As someone living with the condition, Steve fully understands the frustrations and anxiety that go hand-in-hand with this illness. He identifies with other AFib sufferers in his posts and provides a mountain of information, such as tips for selecting a new doctor and understanding how alcohol affects AFib.
Living with Atrial Fibrillation
Travis Van Slooten was diagnosed with AFib on Father's Day in 2006. The diagnosis changed his life, and he uses his experience to inspire and educate others living with this condition. His blog covers a wide range of topics to help readers cope with their symptoms. He offers practical suggestions for preventing an attack, as well as advice on how to stop an attack in progress.
Dr. John M
Dr. John Mandrola is a cardiac electrophysiologist specializing in heart rhythm disorders. So, if you're looking for reliable answers to your AFib questions, he’s the guy to follow! His blog features general information about AFib as well as posts on medications and treatments and how to manage AFib in a variety of lifestyles. His objective is simple: to help readers gain an in-depth understanding of this condition so they know what to expect before and after treatments.
My AFib Experience Blog
It’s encouraging to belong to an online community where you can trade personal stories with people living in similar situations. That is the purpose of My AFib Experience. This site is designed specifically for people living with the condition as well as their caregivers, family, and friends. The blog’s contributors are very familiar with this illness, and their articles offer practical, lived-in advice. Readers are also encouraged to join the community and share their experiences.