Last week the skeptical cardiologist was contacted by Tom Avril, a science/health reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer who wanted to discuss the stroke and cardiac problems that John Fetterman, the
Acute and Chronic Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation: What Did We Learn in 2021?
As we approach the eve of the New Year, the skeptical cardiologist recognizes that many of you will be consuming vast quantities of alcohol tomorrow night. Whether this is done
Does Treating Sleep Apnea With CPAP Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes or Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation?
Despite the widespread belief that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks there is actually no good evidence that treating OSA lowers the risk of
I received an email last week from a patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. “I am in a fib again. This is from my watch. I also did some reading on
The skeptical cardiologist has been a strong advocate of the maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) using enlightened medical management. I was pleased, therefore, to see
As a practitioner of enlightened medical management of atrial fibrillation the skeptical cardiologist utilizes predominantly two antiarrhythmic drugs: amiodarone and flecainide. As I outlined in Part I of this series,
For those of us over age 55 years there is a lifetime risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) of 37%. and with AF comes a 5 fold risk of stroke which
What is the best strategy for doctors and patients dealing with atrial fibrillation during the COVID-19 pandemic? Clearly, at this time everyone needs to minimize visits to the doctor’s office,
Anthony C. Pearson M.D., F.A.C.C. is a cardiologist, musician, writer and a regular columnist at MedPage Today