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Blood Clots and Near-Stroke Motivated Survivor to Launch Atrial Fibrillation Month in September to Focus on Arrhythmia That Causes Stroke

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This September, StopAfib.org marks the third year of celebrating Atrial Fibrillation Month to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (afib), a common cause of stroke.

StopAfib.org founder, Mellanie True Hills, knows the toll that atrial fibrillation takes on those with it and their families. After surviving blood clots and a near-stroke during her first afib episode, she lived in constant fear of her next, always wondering if a deadly stroke was inevitable. As a patient who was unable to stabilize on CoumadinĀ® (warfarin), a challenging blood thinner that helps avoid strokes, she was frightened that she was "a stroke walking around waiting to happen."

Once she was cured surgically of this common cardiac arrhythmia, she couldn't stand on the sidelines and watch others suffer so she started StopAfib.org, for patients by patients. StopAfib.org helps those living the nightmare of atrial fibrillation.

Since afib frequently isn't diagnosed until after a stroke, or two, and identifying the problem can be a multi-year process, she has a sense of urgency around raising awareness of atrial fibrillation that only an afib survivor can possess.

Learn more about Atrial Fibrillation Month and living with afib at:
September 2009 is Atrial Fibrillation Month: StopAfib.org patient resource raises awareness of expensive and life-threatening irregular heartbeat

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