Learn about the fear an Afib, Atrial Fibrillation attack can cause and how Mellanie True Hills looks at it.
Mellanie True Hills:
That is always hard. Not knowing what was going to happen next puts you constantly on edge and that creates more stress and can potentially throw you in to atrial fibrillation. I don’t know that that did ever, but it creates a lot more stress in your life and it creates more stress for your family as well.
So the impact of constantly being on the look-out for that next episode was just emotionally exhausting and physically exhausting. It is frightening because you never know if you can go anywhere by yourself and you have this fear that if you get that next episode and you’re off by yourself, you may not make it.
So it’s you knowing that that’s hanging over your head is the kind of thing that’s constantly draining you and constantly dragging you down.
Can Afib Be Managed?
StopAfib.org is about helping you control and manage your atrial fibrillation so it doesn't rule your life.
For some of you, that may be easily done with medication. For others, with electrical cardioversion. For still others, with catheter ablation or surgical ablation. We want you to know your options so that you can make the best choices for you. The information here will help you partner with your doctor or health care provider.
Doctors can't always provide all the answers you may need, and may not have time to address all your questions. We hope that you will find many of the answers here at StopAfib.org as the site evolves.
If your doctor doesn't understand what you are going through, we're here to provide you with information to help you discuss your afib challenges with your doctor so together you can manage your afib. We also seek to empower you, if necessary, to seek out a doctor who does understand how afib impacts you. You're not alone. We're here to help.
How can atrial fibrillation be managed? For most doctors, there are two goals in managing afib:
* Control heart rate or heart rhythm through medication or electrical cardioversion
* Avoid blood clots and stroke through anticoagulation with medication such as Coumadin® or warfarin
Heart Survivor, Author, and Speaker Mellanie is a heart survivor and the author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health & Longevity. After having a brush with death in emergency heart surgery, Mellanie now uses her second chance to coach individuals in creating healthy lifestyles and organizations in creating healthy, productive workplaces.
Heart disease is the #1 killer, and stroke is #3. In the US each day, we lose nearly 3,000 men and women to heart disease and stroke. Forty per cent of us will get, and die from, heart disease or stroke. But it is preventable, if you know what to do.
Women have different heart symptoms than men, and they're typically very subtle, so for women, the first symptom is frequently a heart attack. Knowing those symptoms can save your life.
Mellanie's mission is to spread awareness of how to save your own life. She provides a message of hope and encouragement, sharing how to take control, decrease stress, and protect against heart disease. Audiences consistently say, You changed my life.
To further this mission, Mellanie is the founder and CEO of the American Foundation for Women's Health.
Mellanie also works with organizations that want healthy, productive workplaces to decrease stress and keep employees healthy, including how to leverage technology and culture in doing so.
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