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Mellanie True Hills: How Can We Stop Bankrupting Those With Atrial Fibrillation?

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I talk a lot in speeches, programs, and articles about the financial toll that atrial fibrillation takes on us and our families.

A new study from The Commonwealth Fund reinforces the burden of rising medical costs in the U.S. on individuals and families. Those of us that have suffered with atrial fibrillation will not find this information at all surprising.

Over at StopAfib.org, you will find an article (http://www.stopafib.org/newsitem.cfm/NEWSID/95) about the study findings as well as what it means to those with atrial fibrillation and some ideas to help with the financial burden of atrial fibrillation.

Once you’ve read it, please come back and share your thoughts and comments here at the Atrial Fibrillation Blog.

Mellanie True Hills is a heart disease survivor, heart health expert, internationally-known author, and non-profit CEO.

Newsweek said, "a near-death experience prompted Mellanie to make a career of telling others what they need to know about heart disease." Following a brush with death in emergency heart surgery, and a near-stroke from a frightening irregular heartbeat later that same year, Mellanie True Hills pledged to use her second chance to help others avoid the #1 and #3 killers, heart disease and stroke.

As CEO of the American Foundation for Women's Health, her mission is to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke with her inspirational and motivational keynotes for American Heart Association Go Red for Women events, hospital women's health events, and corporate and association events. She provides a message of hope and encouragement, sharing how to take control, decrease stress, and protect against heart disease. Audiences consistently say, "You saved my life."

After being cured of her life-threatening irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, she launched www.StopAfib.org , a non-profit web site "for patients, by patients", which provides information and resources to those suffering with atrial fibrillation.

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