Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Blogs

By Adam Pick

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?

On top of all that…  Did you know that AFib is commonly IGNORED during heart valve surgery? Watch this new video to learn the shocking realities of AFib treatment for valve patients, the latest AFib research, and the most effective AFib treatment options from Dr. Harold Roberts, a leading heart surgeon at West Virginia University Medical Center.

 

 

I really want (need) to over-emphasize the key points made by Dr. Roberts in this interview:

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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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Thanks To Dr. John Mehall, Our 1st Sponsor in Colorado!

By Adam Pick on March 21, 2018

On behalf of our community, I wanted to extend a humongous thanks to Dr. John Mehall for becoming our first sponsor in Colorado.   Dr. Mehall, who specializes in minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, has performed over 1,000 heart valve procedures.

 

 

Dr. Mehall also specializes in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heart rhythm.  If you didn’t know, AFib can impact up to 35% of patients who have a valve defect.  So, if you have valve disease and AFib, you want to find a surgeon who can treat both diseases during a single operation.

Here’s a video in which Dr. Mehall describes his approach to patient care.

 

 

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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?”

As you may know… Atrial fibrillation is closely associated with heart valve disease.  For that reason, I wanted to get Eileen an expert opinion.  So, I tracked down Dr. Marc Gillinov who is the new Chair of Cardiac Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  So you know, Dr. Gillinov is a guru when it comes to valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation.  You should also know that Dr. Gillinov has successfully treated many, many, many patients from our community including Anita Devine, Jeff Pirofsky and Fran Zilko.

Here are the highlights from my interview with Dr. Gillinov about atrial fibrillation after heart surgery.

 

 

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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.

It was recently announced that AFib ablation, a procedure for treating AFib during valve surgery, was just promoted to a Class 1 Recommendation by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in their newly published 2017 guidelines. This is really big news for patients because we have learned that many times AFib is not always properly treated during heart valve procedures.

 

 

To learn more about this development, I reached out to Dr. Gorav Ailawadi. So you know, Dr. Ailawadi is a heart valve and AFib specialist at the Advanced Cardiac Valve Center at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I’ve been fortunate to see Dr. Ailawadi operate before. He’s not only a great guy but many patients from this community have had excellent results with Dr. Ailawadi. 🙂

 

Dr. Gorav Ailawadi – Heart Surgeon

 

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