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Experts: Atrial fibrillation becoming epidemic among older patients

There are at least 2.7 million Americans living with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib. It's an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, according to the American Heart Association. It's a condition some experts call an epidemic.

“I would have shortness of breath, I could feel my heartbeat,” recalled Dana Traywick, “I was very aware of my heart rate being irregular.”

Those symptoms, combined with discomfort, led Traywick to Dr. Tom Wallace, a cardiac electrophysiologist with CHI St. Vincent.

“Most of the time, patients who have electrical issues have palpitations,” Dr. Wallace explained. “So they'll feel their heart fluttering or flipping or flopping.”

The retired schoolteacher from Hot Springs has atrial fibrillation.

Traywick isn't alone. Dr. Wallace says a-fib is very common.

“It's become an epidemic, especially in folks as they age. In ages 60 and older, we're seeing it more and more, and it's caused by all kinds of issues from obstructive sleep apnea to an overactive thyroid. Sometimes it's just a condition the heart has as it ages.”

Atrial Fib - Bookshelf


Lone Atrial Fibrillation Towards a Cure
240 pages
Lone Atrial Fibrillation Towards a Cure

The book is a useful manual for novice and veteran afibber alike; it debunks the mystery, myths and confusion surrounding LAF by providing the facts about the disorder liberally interspersed with personal "journeys" of fellow afibbers.

Antiplatelet Therapy in ACS and A-Fib
170 pages
Antiplatelet Therapy in ACS and A-Fib

With this in mind, some of the issues outlined in this book are new insights in genetic testing and modification of individualized antiplatelet therapy based on rapid bedside platelet analyzers.

Conquer Your A-Fib, How to Beat Atrial Fibrillation
74 pages
Conquer Your A-Fib, How to Beat Atrial Fibrillation

Conquer your a-fib is a comprehensive guidebook for this very common arrhythmia.

Atrial Fibrillation, From Bench to Bedside
453 pages
Atrial Fibrillation, From Bench to Bedside

This important new book presents advancements in the treatment and prevention of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

Management of Atrial Fibrillation, A Practical Approach
149 pages
Management of Atrial Fibrillation, A Practical Approach

Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Practical Approach is the perfect pocket guide for those who care for patients afflicted by Atrial Fibrillation.

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