In StopAfib.org's video interview with Dr. Michael Argenziano, he discusses the atrial fibrillation surgery done at NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
He covers the kind of surgery that he prefers for those with recent-onset paroxysmal atrial fibrillation as well as for those with one or more failed catheter ablations, for whom he favors a bi-atrial modified maze with lesions in the left and right atria.
He also talks about considerations for those with poor ventricular function or an enlarged left atrium, as well as a ganglionectomy for those whose atrial fibrillation arises in the abnormal nerve connections on the surface of the heart. In addition, he discusses a trial that they are participating in that involves implanting a heart rhythm monitor after an atrial fibrillation procedure to see what a patient's rhythm looks like five, ten, and even twenty years later.
An interesting bit of trivia about Dr. Argenziano is that you may recognize the names of some of his heart surgeon colleagues, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, of Oprah fame and the YOU book series, and Dr. Craig Smith, who is well-known for doing Bill Clinton's open-heart surgery. This team of heart surgeons was profiled in the fascinating book, The Surgeons.
Mellanie True Hills is a heart disease survivor, heart health expert, internationally-known author and speaker, 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.
Author of the award-winning book, A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health and Longevity, she has been featured by hundreds of media around the globe, including CNBC Asia, Reuters , Newsweek, Better Homes and Gardens, Heart-Healthy Living, FoxBusinesss.com, MSNBC.com, PBS, ABC, NBC, and CBS.
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