Afib, the most common irregular heartbeat, can lead to dementia, heart failure, stroke, or even death. Many do not realize that they have it, and many who have it don't realize how serious it is. Of those who have afib, one in three will have a stroke within their lifetime.
Raising awareness about afib is intensely personal for StopAfib.org founder, Mellanie True Hills, and led her to create the first Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Working with other organizations, Hills helped urge the U.S. Senate to officially designate September as National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.
In recognition of Hills' ongoing worldwide advocacy work, the Global Atrial Fibrillation Alliance recently awarded her the GAFA Patient Ambassador of the Year Award (http://www.stopafib.org/
Patient Conference Set in Dallas
For those who suffer from afib, StopAfib.org will conduct the Get in Rhythm, Stay in Rhythm Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference on November 2 at the Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel. Leading medical experts will help patients and their families to better understand their condition and treatments and to proactively engage with their healthcare team. For more information, go to http://www.GetInRhythm.com.
StopAfib.org Raises Awareness Among Hispanic Community
With extensive coverage in Spanish language media this month, StopAfib.org has helped promote awareness of afib throughout the Hispanic community. Hispanics are more prone to diabetes, and having both diabetes and afib greatly increases stroke risk. Mexican Americans with afib who have had a stroke are more than twice as likely to have another stroke as comparable non-Hispanic whites. Coverage of the StopAfib.org campaign has included stories in La Prensa, El Economista America, Noticieros Televisa, Orlando Sentinel, and Fox News Latino.
Patient Resources Available from StopAfib.org
During Afib Month and beyond, you can help. Forward this information to someone who may have afib, and check out these resources:
*What You Don't Know About Afib Could Kill You Video (http://www.stopafib.org/
*Get Started Learning about Afib Guide (http://www.stopafib.org/
*News and Videos (http://www.stopafib.org/news.
*Patient and Caregiver Resources (http://www.stopafib.org/
*Discussion Forum (http://forum.stopafib.org):
About Atrial Fibrillation
As the most common irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, also known as afib, affects more than 5 million Americans. One-third of those who have the condition may not have symptoms. By 2030, as many as 17 million people may have it. About 350,000 hospitalizations a year in the U.S. are attributed to afib. In addition, people over the age of 40 have a one in four chance of developing afib in their lifetime. Having afib increases your stroke risk by 500 percent and can lead to heart failure and dementia.
The mission of StopAfib.org is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, support the doctor-patient relationship, and wipe out afib-related strokes worldwide. It provides information about atrial fibrillation symptoms, causes, risks, treatments, resources, and the latest afib news and videos.
Now the No. 1 Arrhythmia site on the Internet and in the Top 5 Heart Disease sites, StopAfib.org has received the HON Code Certification from the Health on the Net Foundation, signifying a credible, trustworthy medical web site.
StopAfib.org CEO and founder, Mellanie True Hills, is also the author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life and has been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Weekend, AOL.com, and in Heart-Healthy Living, More, and Success magazines.
For more information, visit www.StopAfib.org
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