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

Posted Aug 31 2009 12:59pm

This September, StopAfib.org marks the third year of celebrating Atrial Fibrillation Month to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (afib), an expensive and life-threatening irregular heartbeat that is 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 Coumadin® (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.

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

Please help us with Afib Month in the following ways:

  • Contact Us to alert us to any special Afib Month events so we can post them to the Atrial Fibrillation Month Events Calendar
  • Tell others about afib and where to learn more
  • If you know a journalist or reporter that can help spread the word, or if you, or someone you know, has a blog that can help, please Contact Us so we can arrange something
  • Bring attention to Atrial Fibrillation Month by bookmarking this story at your favorite bookmarking sites - it’s easy, just by clicking on the “Share” button below you can select your favorite bookmarking sites
  • Let us know what stories you see about afib this month

Stay tuned…there’s more coming. Let’s get some buzz going about atrial fibrillation this month. Thanks for your help in spreading the word about atrial fibrillation and helping to wipe out afib-related strokes.

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