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Takeaways from the Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Live Chat

afib-email260x200Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States, affecting over two million Americans. We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, November 15th at 12pm EST about atrial fibrillation with Mikhael El-Chami, MD, of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center where we received a lot of great questions about symptoms, treatments, and more.

Dr. El-Chami was able to answer these questions and provide insight on this condition that affects so many people. Below are some highlights from this live chat.


Question: Are there different types of a-fib? Is one more serious than another?

Dr. El-Chami: There are typically two different types of a-fib. The first type is persistent a-fib (always in a state of a-fib) and the other type paroxysmal a-fib (a-fib that comes and goes). One type is not more dangerous than the other. The most devastating complication of a-fib is related to the predisposition to stroke. If that is treated appropriately with blood thinners, then the risk is reduced significantly. At times, a-fib is also associated with weakening of the heart muscle, and if that is the case physicians are usually very aggressive at trying to keep patients out of a-fib.


Question: What are some risk factors for a-fib?

Dr. El-Chami: That is a very good question. Common risk factors for a-fib include hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, aging and structural heart disease (patients with valve problems, weak heart muscle or thick heart muscle). A-fib could occur in a younger patient without major health issues, but this is not the norm.


Question: Am I more likely to have a stroke if I have a-fib?

Dr. El-Chami: A-fib is typically associated with a 5 fold increase in the risk of stroke. There is a clinical scoring system (CHADSVaSC score) that will better determine the risk of stroke in patients that have a-fib.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our live chat! You can view the full chat transcript here.

Atrial Fibrillation Live Chat: November 15, 2016

afib-email260x200Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States, affecting over two million Americans. Are you one of them? Or do you know someone who’s affected by A-fib? We could help you find out the information you need.

Join us on Tuesday, November 15th at 12pm EST for a live chat about atrial fibrillation with Mikhael El-Chami, MD, of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. We’ll answer your questions about A-fib and how it’s treated. Register today.



Emory Opens Heart Rhythm Clinics to Treat Growing Problem

arrhythmia screening centerEmory Healthcare is launching new screening centers across the Atlanta area to help diagnosis abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias. An arrhythmia is a disorder of the heart that occurs when the body’s electrical impulses, which direct and regulate heartbeats, do not function properly and cause the heart to beat slowly (bradyarrhythmias), rapidly (tachyarrhythmias) or in an uncoordinated manner.

The new clinics will offer screening and, if needed, state-of-the-art care by some of the country’s leading arrhythmia experts. Clinics in Villa Rica, Conyers and Johns Creek are already operating, and a fourth location in Decatur will open later this summer.

Emory has been a pioneer in shaping arrhythmia treatment options, serving as primary and principal investigators for many national clinical trials. We rank among the world’s leaders in cardiac resynchronization therapy and have performed more cardiac ablation procedures than anyone in the Southeast.

According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is the most common chronic cardiac dysrhythmia and affects nearly 2.3 million people in the United States. The prevalence of arrhythmias is age-related and is expected to rise substantially as the baby boomer population continues to age.

Emory has one of the most wide-ranging and innovative treatment programs for heart rhythm disorders in the United States. Anyone who is experiencing palpitations, heart racing or other rhythm symptoms can visit one of our new screening locations to determine if their condition is serious and requires treatment by a specialist.

To learn more about arrhythmia screening, treatment and heart rhythm management services at Emory, please visit

About Dr. Hoskins

Michael Hoskins, MDMichael Hoskins, MD , is an assistant professor of medicine and electrophysiologist who practices primarily at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Hoskins received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, after which he completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory. He was chief resident in Internal Medicine from 2005 to 2006. He then completed fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology, also at Emory, and has been practicing here since 2010.

About Emory’s Arrhythmia Center

Emory’s Arrhythmia Center is one of the most comprehensive and innovative clinics for heart rhythm disorders in the country. Our electrophysiologists have been pioneers in shaping treatment options for patients with arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, as well as for those with congestive heart disease. Our specialized electrophysiology (EP) labs host state-of-the-art equipment, including computerized three-dimensional mapping systems to assist with the ablation of complex arrhythmias, and an excimer laser system to perform pacemaker and defibrillator lead extractions.

Patients with devices, whether implanted at Emory or elsewhere, have access to Emory’s comprehensive follow-up care. Patients benefit from remote monitoring, quarterly atrial fibrillation support groups and 24-hour implantable cardiac device (ICD) and pacemaker monitoring services. Inpatient telemetry and coronary care units, as well as outpatient care and educational support of patients with pacemakers and ICDs, complete Emory’s comprehensive range of arrhythmia treatments and services.

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