Living with AF

Ginny had always been fit considering a career in the outdoors

She talks of her experience with Atrial Flutter and her adventures in the mountains.

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Atrial Fibrillation and me - David's story

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"Trying to remain a marathon runner got harder and harder, I was constantly tired whilst in AF."

Ian explains his story as an endurance athlete living with AF.

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Living with AF can be extremely difficult and individuals and their families often have to overcome physical and emotional

As one AFA member explains, not everyone understands.

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Silent AF may not be recognised or detected . . .

. . . for James, the diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation followed the shock of suffering a stroke when he was just 58.

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Gary: My AF Story so Far

Atrial Fibrillation has so far taken away Gary’s health, job and home – now he is desperate to find a successful treatment.

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Out and about with AF is not so easy as Liz discovered

After several years of “funny turns”, lasting from a few minutes to several hours, repeated visits to the GP etc, a serious episode in November 2006 with a heart rate of 160, cold sweats, breathlessness & feeling very faint, led to an emergency 999 trip to the hospital and finally a diagnosis of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

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AF but no NHS, a distant dream to more help, John's story from India

In June 2006 I noticed I was breathing with irregularity, so went to a local cardiologist for a checkup. I already had hypertension and was borderline diabetes, now, after tests were carried out, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. Current drugs continued with Warfarin being added to my daily cocktail.

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Finding a life I can enjoy alongside AF

 "I went on working for two to three years after developing arrhythmias, during which time I had 20+ admissions, which rendered me unreliable for my nursing posts as it affected other team members. Hence my premature retirement at the age of 55 on medical grounds, after 37 years of service with the NHS!"

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How AF has affected my Life, by Rufus

Rufus explains the effect successful treatment by Catheter Ablation of AF has had on his life.

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Premature ageing and AF, Sam's struggle to manage a life alongside AF

I first displayed the symptoms associated with AF in 2001, and for me the symptoms originally consisted of palpitations, general shortness of breath, and fatigue which was not improved by rest or sleep.

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A Woman's Guide to Saving her Own Life by Mellanie True Hills

# 1 Female Health Hazard Nearly Killed Her - Now She Helps Women Fight Back

Interview by Mellanie True Hills

(DALLAS) Heart disease kills more women than men in the U.S. and has for 20 years. How could we possibly lose almost half a million women each year in the U.S. to cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) and not hear more about it? The American Heart Association also reports that heart disease and stroke account for 40% of women's deaths.

That's almost 1,400 women every day-1 every minute-10 times as many as we lose to breast cancer, and 5 times as many as to all cancers combined. Forty percent of us - 2 of every 5 women - will get, and die from, cardiovascular disease. If you have a family history of heart disease, your risk is even higher. 

Mellanie True Hills, author of A Woman's Guide To Saving Her Own Life: The Heart Program For Health And Longevity, is a heart disease survivor, nearly dying in emergency heart surgery several years ago. Using her second chance, she coaches individuals on creating healthy lifestyles and works with organizations to create healthy, productive workplaces. She is also the founder and CEO of the American Foundation for Women's Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and awareness about women's health issues.

Hills can discuss:

  • Her surprising story of heart disease

  • What a heart attack is and why it is happening at younger ages than ever before

  • Why we lose more women than men to heart attacks

  • Why women are more vulnerable to workplace stress

  • The four main symptoms of a woman's heart attack & how they differ from men's

  • What men need to know about protecting their wives from her worst enemy

  • Why you're still at risk even if you don't smoke, don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or family history

  • Stroke symptoms

  • An effective health regimen for women and how people can create a plan they can stick to

A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life is Hills' story and a workbook designed to guide readers through the process of making permanent and life-saving changes.

For more information, visit www.StopAfib.org or www.MellanieHills.com