Are Fish Oil or Omega-3 Supplements a Waste of Money?

Are you wasting your money, or getting essential health benefits? The answer may depend on which type of omega-3 you are taking.   Do you take fish oil or another omega-3 supplement? If so, you are not alone. About 20 million people in the US take omega-3 supplements, mostly with the goal of preventing heart […]

The Five Best Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Without Medication

If you have high blood pressure, then you’re probably not surprised that it’s common, although you may be surprised to learn that almost half of adults, over 100 million people, have high blood pressure in the US.   The toll high blood pressure has on our health is devastating. High blood pressure increases the risk […]

Healthcare is Failing You. The Story of the Patient Who Taught Me Why.

healthcare is failing you

If you believe your doctor – or healthcare – will help you get healthy – or keep you healthy – you will likely suffer from that mistake. I understand why people rely on their doctors for their health. It is called healthcare, so it certainly seems like they would be in charge of, well, health. […]

Afib  -  Signs You Should Go to the ER

What to do when you have an episode of Afib. When should you call your doctor, when should you stay home and when should you call 911?

In this article, we are going to talk about what to do when you have an episode of Afib. When should you call your doctor, when should you stay home and when should you call 911?   It can be frightening to have an episode of Afib, and as a cardiologist, I’ve dealt with this […]

What You Need to Know About Afib Rhythm Control Medications

Afib Rhythm Control Strategy Treatment - What You Need to Know About Afib Medications

Afib Rhythm Control Strategy Treatment  - What You Need to Know About Afib Medications. In this article, I discuss Afib medications. Which ones work, and what are the potential side effects?   Rhythm control strategies For those who pursue a rhythm control strategy for Afib, which means that their treatment plan is to stay in regular […]

What You Need To Know About for Cardioversion for Afib

Cardioversion Rhythm Control Afib Treatment

In this article, we are going to talk about cardioversion for Afib. Who should have cardioversion, who should not, and what are the risks and benefits?   Rhythm control strategies for Afib For those who pursue a rhythm control strategy for Afib, which means that their treatment plan is to stay in regular (or sinus) rhythm, […]

The Apple Watch and AliveCor  -  Should You Monitor Your Afib?

In this article, we are going to talk about self-monitoring your heart rhythm; the two most commonly used devices are the Apple Watch and the AliveCor system. Do you need one of these devices? And what are the potential benefits and limitations that you need to know?   Technological advances now allow you to monitor […]

How Afib is Diagnosed and What Medical Tests Are Commonly Done?

An ECG is a recording of the electrical signals of the heart, heart monitor diagnosing afib

We are going to talk about how Afib is diagnosed and what medical tests are commonly done to evaluate patients that have, or may have, Afib.   Diagnosing Afib can be a challenge because it can come and go, which is called paroxysmal Afib. Also, for many people, they do not have symptoms when in […]

Does the Risk of Your Blood Thinner Meds For Afib Outweigh the Benefits?

Afib Patients, Does the Risk of Your Blood Thinner Medication Outweigh the Benefits?

We are going to discuss blood thinner medications for Afib and bleeding risk. Does the risk of your blood thinner medication outweigh the benefits?   Blood thinner medications like Eliquis, Xarelto, warfarin, and others are commonly prescribed for those with Afib because these medications lower the risk of stroke for those with Afib by about […]