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Afib in Athletes
Good interview with our friend, Dr. Rachel Lampert, about afib in athletes: https://www.medscape.com/mtv/atrial-fibrillation-s01/
Additionally, the site also provides links to some really good pros and cons articles about ablation in athletes:
CindyH9423, April 23, 2018 10:35pm EST
Thank you for posting. I was a competitive swimmer at a high level from the age of 5. I continued after college in Masters Swimming and traveled for swim meets all over. I know of two other life long elite swimmers with flutter and Afib so it’s definitely a problem.
MellanieSAF, April 22, 2018 5:36pm EST
It is the discussion on flecainide in the Con one that I think has value for you.
Spencer, April 22, 2018 5:33pm EST
You always make good points. Will review, but I hope that I am done with ablations.
MellanieSAF, April 22, 2018 5:18pm EST
You don't need to read the Pro one, but the Con one has some info that I think you may find useful.
You are at a disadvantage in that you are locked into the military system right now. For most of us, a second opinion or even a third opinion is an option. Additionally, most of us can choose who we see, and many choose to see the world-class experts that they meet at my patient conference.
Spencer, April 22, 2018 5:12pm EST
Mellanie - I will review these, but it feels a little late for me. Patients are always at such an informational asymmetry. And we all assume that the doctors are keeping up on studies like this and taking our history into account. I guess that is unfair to many doctors given that my experience with EPs is a whole two doctors. I know that mine was going to do an ablation no matter what I said.
A better question, and more productive, is how do patients become educated enough to take the lead in their medical care fast enough to make an informed decision? The body of knowledge is so vast and our experience so limited that we are entirely at the mercy of those that we do not know. I met my last EP on the OR table. The relationship is so one-sided and yet there is the pretense of patient's choice.
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