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Jeanamo, March 14,  2017  12:17pm EST

You are not alone!

I just read an interesting list of well known people who have atrial fibrillation or other heart rhythm problems.  Among the people on this list with atrial fibrillation are Barry Manilow, Howie Mandel, Gene Simmons, President George H.W. Bush, Larry Bird (Celtic basketball), Mario Lemieux (National Hockey League), former Vice President Joe Biden,  Roger Moore (James Bond) with bradycardia, Elton John with an irregular heartbeat and has a pacemaker, Miley Cyrus (tachycardia), Jerry Jones - a-fib (owner of the Dallas Cowboys).  I imagine there are a lot of other well known names that could be added to this list.  This is a reminder that we are "NOT ALONE".....atrial fibrillation affects a large number of individuals in our country and across the world. As those of us in this forum have learned through shared experiences, a-fib can affect each individual in a different way.  What works for one will not work for another.  Hopefully, future research and advances in medicines and treatments will be developed to help in treating this arrhythmia that many of us share.


(MyA-fibExperience Community Leader)
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  • Rbrandt
    Rbrandt, March 14,  2017  4:59pm EST
    Jean great post liked it and it makes me kind of think and realize that yes were not alone but more importantly afib and other heart issues dont discrimate regardless of race gender wealth importance fame even power or influence.  It really is a great equalizer in a lot of ways. Thanks for the post. May we all have NSR. Roy. (Myafibexperience community leader)
  • sfHawaii
    sfHawaii, March 15,  2017  3:38am EST
    I know that one person that I admire who had aFib was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, Deke Slayton.  After he was picked as one of the original astronauts he was diagnosed. He was not allowed in space which was his entire passion.   Now realize that in the late 50s and early 60s there was not a lot of solutions for aFib.  His "treatment" mainly was to stop smoking, stop alcohol, exercise, and lots of vitamins.  Later on his aFib did go away and he was allowed to fly on the Soyuz mission.  I am thankful that at least in these times, there are more choices medically.
  • grandscheme
    grandscheme, September 28,  2019  5:28pm EST

    sfHawaii, there is so much people can do to help prevent episodes, such as lots of hydration, always; cutting way back on sodium (I viewed one restuarant site in my area that lists ingredient loads and some main dishes have as much as 3,500 mg -- three days' worth -- of sodium in each serving... insane), excellent diet, not drinking alcohol, getting enough sleep, losing weight if needed and getting tested for sleep apnea, exercising according to one's capability. Many episodes can be cut from our lives with simple prevention and dedication. I know some people who refuse to do some things that would help them -- and that's their right -- but I'll do anything to avoid being in AFib because it feels bad and stresses the heart.

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