Archive for the 'Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)' Category

Surgeon Q&A: What are the Top 5 Misconceptions about Atrial Fibrillation?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

If you didn’t know, September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. This is really important for our community as up to 35% of heart valve patients are more likely to have atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Atrial Fibrillation

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Patient Success Week: Linda Gets Back to Gardening After Mitral Valve & Maze Procedure

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

As we roll-out “Patient Success Week”, I am excited and honored to share the success story of Linda Kincaid, a mitral valve and Maze procedure patient.  I first met Linda at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana. I instantly connected with this fun, mother-of-three as we filmed an educational video to support the launch of, a new community designed to support seniors with heart valve disease.

During our time together, I learned a lot from Linda. I learned about her struggles with mitral stenosis (which resulted from rheumatic fever) and atrial fibrillation. I learned how Linda’s symptoms impacted her quality of life — which limited her ability to garden and travel. I also gained unexpected insights during an emotional interview with Kristen Boyce, Linda’s daughter, who shared her experiences from the caregiver perspective.

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Atrial Fibrillation Education Center Launches Now!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Since launching this website, I’ve connected with many patients who were diagnosed with both heart valve disease and atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is an abnormal heart rhythm.  According to reports, about 30% of patients with valvular disorders also have AFib. So, it’s pretty common.

However… I recently learned that about 70% of patients diagnosed with valve disease and atrial fibrillation DO NOT get atrial fibrillation treatment during their valve repair or valve replacement procedures. Yikes!!!

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Linda “Gets Her Life Back” After Mitral Valve & Maze Procedure

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The highlight of my day is meeting and spending time with patients. I love hearing their stories. I love getting to know them. I often find myself in awe and then tears after listening to their inspirational stories.

That said… I recently connected with Linda Staples during my travels to Indianapolis. Linda, who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and mitral valve disease, really touched and moved me. To share Linda’s story with you, we filmed this video together.

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Ask the Expert: What Should You Know About Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Valve Disease?

Monday, March 16th, 2015

To support the launch of our new Atrial Fibrillation Education Center, I traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to meet with Dr. Jonathan Philpott, a cardiac surgeon at Sentara Heart Hospital, who specializes in concomitant heart valve and atrial fibrillation therapy.

During my interview, Dr. Philpott shared many insights about the symptoms, the causes and the risks of atrial fibrillation. In addition, Dr. Philpott shared some eye-opening facts about the lack of AFib treatment for patients who undergo heart valve repair or replacement surgery. Specifically, Dr. Philpott noted that up to 70% of patients who have heart valve surgery do not get surgical AFib treatment using the Maze procedure. Essentially, the AFib is just “left behind”.

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“What About Atrial Fibrillation & Aortic Valve Disease?” asks Robert

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

As we learned in our recent post, Atrial Fibrillation: 5 Facts Valve Patients Should Know, it is very important for patients with valvular disorders to learn why and how atrial fibrillation (AFib) can impact the functioning of their heart and their surgical treatment. Shortly after posting, I received an excellent follow-up question from Robert about the potential connection between AFib and, specifically, the aortic valve. In Robert’s comment, he writes, “Adam, Was there any discussion of relationships between AFib and aortic valves, valve regurgitation, etc.?”

Normal and Abnormal Heart Rhythm

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Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: 5 Facts Heart Valve Patients Should Know

Monday, September 29th, 2014

If you didn’t know, September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. As many patients in our community have heart valve disease and atrial fibrillation, here are 5 important facts about atrial fibrillation.

Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

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“What About Beta Blockers After Mitral Valve Repair Surgery?” Asks John

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Beta Blockers Use Post Mitral Valve SurgeryAs a follow-up to our recent discussion about Metoprolol, I received this question from John about beta blockers and mitral valve repair surgery. In his email, John writes, “Is there any convincing evidence for using beta blockers following mitral valve surgery? What are the advantages? Or, is this just protocol? Thanks! John”

To provide Jim an expert opinion, I contacted Dr. Federico Milla of the Marcus Heart Valve Center at Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. As you might recall, Doctor Milla is a mitral valve repair specialist who I saw perform several MVRs in the Dominican Republic last year.

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Free eBook & Video: “Advances in Mitral & Tricuspid Valve Surgery; Plus, Atrial Fibrillation”

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Great news!  Our recent webinar, “Advances in Mitral & Tricuspid Valve Surgery; Plus, Atrial Fibrillation”, was fantastic!  Over 235 patients and caregivers registered to learn critical insights about mitral valve disorders, tricuspid valve defects and atrial fibrillation from Dr. Robert Bonow, past president of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Patrick McCarthy, chief of cardiac surgery at Northwestern Medicine.

Free eBook: Advances in Mitral & Tricuspid Valve Surgery; Plus, Atrial Fibrillation

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Video Update: After Complex Heart Valve & Atrial Fibrillation Surgery, Clarissa Is Doing Great!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I recently met Clarissa Alaimo, a 53-year old patient from Lake Forest, Illinois.

Like many patients, Clarissa suffered from shortness of breath and fatigue due to several cardiac issues including mitral stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation and atrial fibrillation. So you know, Clarissa experienced rheumatic fever years ago.

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