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Straightforward Answers To Your Atrial Fibrillation Questions
A new report from one of the nation's leading cardiology research centers...
Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies
informed answers to your most important questions about living
If you've ever run up a flight of stairs, chased a tennis ball across the court, or reacted in fright at a scary movie, you know what a pounding heart feels like...
But for the 2.3 million Americans who suffer from atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), a racing heart is a way of life. Simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning or rising from a chair can cause dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations. For these people, AF severely impairs quality of life - and even when symptoms stemming from AF are mild, the disorder can seriously impact health, increasing the risk of stroke and heart failure.
AF can be a debilitating even deadly condition. Fortunately, it can be successfully managed - but there are various approaches for treating AF or preventing a recurrence. How do you and your doctor choose which approach is right for you?
If you or a loved one has AF, there are so many questions: Do I need an anticoagulant... should I be taking medication to control my heart rate... will my symptoms respond to cardioversion... if I need an antiarrhythmic drug to control AF episodes, which one should I take... when is an ablation procedure appropriate... and more.
It's critically important to learn everything you can now -- so you can partner with your doctor effectively, ask the right questions, and understand the answers.
To help you, we asked two eminent experts at Johns Hopkins to share their expertise and hands-on experience with arrhythmia patients in an important new report, Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies.
Dr. Hugh Calkins and Dr. Ronald Berger are ideally positioned to help you understand and manage your AF. Together with their colleagues at Johns Hopkins, they perform approximately 2,000 electrophysiology procedures and 200 pulmonary vein isolation procedures for atrial fibrillation each year.
Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies is now available to you in a digital PDF download and print version.
"I feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest..."
An arrhythmia is an abnormality in the timing or pattern of the heartbeat, causing the heart to beat too rapidly, too slowly, or irregularly. Sounds pretty straightforward, but there's a lot we don't know about why the heart rhythm goes awry... or the best way to treat it.
In Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies, we focus on what we DO know. In page after page of this comprehensive report, we address your most serious concerns about living with AF, such as:
Anticoagulation Therapy: What You Should Know
While AF is generally not life threatening, for some patients it can increase the likelihood of blood clots forming in the heart. And if a clot travels to the brain, a stroke will result. Anticoagulation therapy is used to prevent blood clot formation in people with AF...
Symptom Control: The Art of Rate and Rhythm Control
For many patients and their doctors, it's difficult to achieve and maintain heart rhythm. Two key management strategies are used: heart rate and heart rhythm control. In Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies, you'll read an in-depth discussion of the benefits of rate versus rhythm control for AF:
There's more to Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies, much more.
We explain surgical ablation of AF, a procedure performed through small incisions in the chest wall... discuss when it's appropriate to seek a second opinion... take a close look at strokes and explain the warning signs and differences among ischemic, thrombotic, embolic, and hemorrhagic strokes... and provide an arrhythmia glossary of key AF terms used by electrophysiologists and cardiologists.
Direct to You From Johns Hopkins
Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies is designed to give you unprecedented access to the expertise of the hospital ranked #1 of America's Best Hospitals for 21 consecutive years 1991-2011 by U.S. News & World Report. You simply won't find a more knowledgeable and trustworthy source of the medical information you require. A tradition of discovery and medical innovation is the hallmark of Johns Hopkins research. Since its founding in 1889, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has led the way transferring the discoveries made in the laboratory to the administration of effective patient care. No one institution has done more to earn the trust of the men and women diagnosed with AF and other cardiovascular conditions.
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