Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Valve Education Center 2.0 Launches!
Written By: Adam Pick – Patient, Author & HeartValveSurgery.com Founder
Medical Experts: Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health, and Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Medicine
Page last updated: December 21, 2020
If you have been diagnosed with heart valve disease, here’s a really important fact to know…
According to Dr. Marc Gerdisch, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health, up to 35% of patients with heart valve disease also suffer from atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm.
Why is AFib a Big Concern for Heart Valve Patients?
Unfortunately, patients with AFib are 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
Another unfortunate reality is that AFib is significantly under-treated when patients go in for heart valve surgery.
In fact, according to new research from Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, only 38% of patients with mitral valve disease and AFib get their AFib treated during cardiac procedures. (Yes, you read that right… Only 38%!!!!)
For this reason, we launched an AFib & Heart Valve Education Center in 2015 to (i) help patients with heart valve disease learn more about AFib and (ii) help patients advocate for treatment.
Many thanks to all the doctors who helped us update the new AFib Education Center.
I would also like to thank AtriCure for sponsoring this educational initiative.
Keep on tickin!