Atrial Fibrillation Blog

By Adam Pick

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…

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Ed Can Walk Up Stairs Again Thanks to a Mitral Valve & Maze Procedure!

By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020

He was short of breath.  He could not walk up stairs.  He was afraid.  Then, Edward Clinton ended up in the emergency room.

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2019 Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Announced!

By Adam Pick on May 28, 2019

As up to 35% of patients with heart valve disease are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, I wanted to make sure you knew about the upcoming “Get in Rhythm! Stay in Rhythm” conference to be held in Dallas, Texas on August 9 to August 11.

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“How Do I Know When My AFib Is Gone After Heart Surgery?” asks Linda

By Adam Pick on December 4, 2018

Linda just asked me two GREAT questions about heart valve surgery and atrial fibrillation (AFib).  She writes, “Hi Adam, After surgery… How do I know when my AFib is gone?  Also, when do patients stop taking blood thinners after AFib is gone following surgery?  Thanks! Linda”

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Surgeon Q&A: What Should Heart Valve Patients Know About Atrial Fibrillation?

By Adam Pick on July 25, 2018

Now, more than ever, I am getting questions about atrial fibrillation (AFib) from heart valve patients.  And, for good reason.  Did you know that up to 35% of patients with heart valve disease have AFib?  And, did you know that people with AFib are 5 times more likely to have a stroke? Sadly, did you know that AFib can result in heart failure?

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Is Heart Failure Connected to Atrial Fibrillation & Mitral Valve Disease?

By Adam Pick on April 5, 2018

I just received a great question from Clay about mitral valve disease, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.  In his note, Clay asked me, “Hi Adam, I have congestive heart failure and mitral valve prolapse plus long-term atrial fibrillation (AFib). My question is whether-or-not congestive heart failure is connected with mitral valve prolapse?  Thanks, Clay”

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Atrial Fibrillation After Heart Surgery: What Should Patients Know?

By Adam Pick on November 15, 2017

At the recent Heart Valve Summit, I was overwhelmed with wonderful patient questions for our “Ask Adam Anything” event.  For example, Eileen asked me about atrial fibrillation (AFib) which is an abnormal heart rhythm.  Eileen’s question was, “Is atrial fibrillation after heart valve surgery common?”

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Surgeon Q&A: What Should Patients Know About The New Class I AFib Ablation Recommendation?

By Adam Pick on March 30, 2017

As up to 35% of patients with heart valve disease also have atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), I needed to make sure you knew about this.

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Surgeon Q&A: Should Atrial Fibrillation Get Treated During Heart Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on April 25, 2016

If you didn’t know… Many patients with heart valve disease have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat. According to reports, up to 35% of patients with valvular defects are more likely to have AFib. For this reason, I really appreciated Anita’s question, “Adam – Can anyone having heart valve surgery be a candidate for corrective atrial fibrillation treatment?”

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Surgeon Q&A: Will A Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement Stop Atrial Fibrillation?

By Adam Pick on January 23, 2016

During the Heart Valve Summit, I received some great questions from our community. One of the questions from Leslie at our Facebook page was, “After several years of paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and a prolapsed mitral valve, I finally had my bad valve replaced by a mechanical mitral valve. Will this stop my AFib?”

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Free Webinar eBook & Video: “What Should You Know About Heart Valves & Atrial Fibrillation?”

By Adam Pick on November 13, 2015

Great news. If you missed our recent webinar, “What Should You Know About Heart Valves & Atrial Fibrillation?” with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Dr. James Thomas, Jane Kruse and myself, you can now download the free eBook by clicking here.

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Webinar Announced: “What Should You Know About Heart Valves & Atrial Fibrillation?” on November 4

By Adam Pick on October 29, 2015

As 35% of patients with heart valve disease are more likely to have atrial fibrillation, I am very excited to announce that we will host a live patient webinar, “What Should You Know About Heart Valves & AFib?” next Wednesday, November 4, at 5pm CST.

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Inside Look: Surgical Tools that Reduce Stroke Risk from Atrial Fibrillation

By Adam Pick on October 12, 2015

During the Heart Valve Summit, I received many questions about heart valve disease and Atrial Fibrillation.

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

By Adam Pick on September 1, 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).

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Atrial Fibrillation Education Center Launches Now!

By Adam Pick on March 16, 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.

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

By Adam Pick on March 16, 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.

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

By Adam Pick on October 21, 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.?”

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Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: 6 Facts Heart Valve Patients Should Know

By Adam Pick on September 29, 2014

If you didn’t know, September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. As up to 35% of patients in our community have heart valve disease AND atrial fibrillation, here are 6 important facts about atrial fibrillation.

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

By Adam Pick on December 4, 2013

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

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Surgeon Q & A: Important Facts About Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Valve Disease with Dr. Vincent Gaudiani

By Adam Pick on March 26, 2013

While heart valve disease can be an isolated diagnosis, it is often accompanied by other conditions including coronary artery disease, aortic aneurysm and atrial fibrillation.

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