If you're living with atrial fibrillation (or are the family member of someone who is), and you want to understand what you need to know - and do - to get the best results from your healthcare, this is for you …
Discover Your Options—Based on the Most Recent Developments in Afib Research—for Managing Your Treatment and Reclaiming Your Life.
You CAN find solutions that empower you to live without fear, and truly enjoy life again. You CAN get your life back. We'll show you how.
From the desk of Mellanie True Hills Founder, StopAfib.org
If you're living with afib, some of the following may sound familiar:
Your afib disrupts your work, your life, your play, and/or your family. You find yourself terrified, exhausted, emotionally drained, and possibly financially devastated.
You're frustrated from living with your afib. From emergency room visits and huge medical bills, to canceled vacation plans, to an inability to work, life just isn't the same.
You are afraid your afib may lead to a stroke, heart failure, or dementia, which feel like fates worse than death.
There is so much information out there about how to manage your afib … and so much of it is junk that you don't know how to sort the good from the bad. You're constantly wondering what you can trust and what you can't.
You wish you could get rid of your afib, and get your life back.
If any or all of these resonate with you, you're in the right place, and you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2.7 and 6.1 million people in the United States are living with afib, and that number is expected to increase as the population ages.
While living with afib may, at times, be frustrating, scary, or confusing, I want you to know that there is hope. There are lots of options for treating afib, possibilities when it comes to getting rid of it.
You can manage your afib - possibly even getting rid of it altogether - and get your life back.
Imagine getting back to the way you were years ago … doing things you love, exercising, making and keeping plans, and finishing normal daily tasks (like work and laundry) without a second thought. Imagine going to work and actually thinking about work—and not your afib.
Imagine knowing the path for your treatment, and charting it out with confidence.
Imagine becoming more active, losing weight, and not visiting the hospital on a regular basis.
This can be your reality … and you can do it all without obsessing over your afib.
By staying on the forefront of what's happening in the field.
“Now that my Afib is not a problem, I am returning to my high quality of life, and am able to return to my world travels (with a backpack) and my camera. I am presently completing a book of my photos of faces from around the world.”
"The information I received at the 2015 conference saved my life. I left empowered and educated on how to get my life back." – Keanan
"Fantastic! So grateful for how StopAfib.org changed our lives."
"The speakers are excellent. I've been to many medical conferences and this beats them all. The best part is the speakers hang around for questions."
2016 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™
Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Highlights
Before I explain, I'd like to tell you my own story, so you know how I can help, and why I'm so passionate about doing so!
I'm Mellanie True Hills, an afib patient and survivor who has been afib-free for more than 11 years after undergoing a surgical procedure.
I'm also the founder of StopAfib.org, which has been the #1 arrhythmia website worldwide, and in the top heart disease sites alongside the websites of the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the American College of Cardiology, and the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
StopAfib.org is devoted to increasing your knowledge about afib, helping you improve your quality of life if you're living with it, and helping you avoid an afib-related stroke.
I created Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month (September), worldwide, and worked with medical societies to get it officially declared as National Atrial Fibrillation Month by the US Senate. I co-chair the Global Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation Task Force of organizations focused on wiping out afib-strokes worldwide.
I was the first non-clinician to participate in the guidelines process, with the 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation, and I serve on think tanks with many of the world's leading expert doctors, and speak on faculty at medical conferences.
I wasn't always an afib expert, but I've always been a pioneer.
In the early 1990s, I was an Internet pioneer at J.C. Penney Company, Inc., where I led the creation of one of the earliest corporate websites, as well as an intranet and supplier extranet. I also spoke at some of the earliest Internet events. I was the executive in charge of the intranet at Dell, Inc. and was a Strategic Thought Leader for our Global 500 high tech and automotive manufacturing customers at Cisco Systems.
In March 2003, after a flight, I experienced symptoms often related to heart attack in women, and was diagnosed with coronary artery blockage. I almost died during an interventional procedure to place a stent. About seven months later, after another flight, my heart skipped some beats and started racing. At the emergency room, they determined that I had blood clots and a close call with a stroke due to atrial fibrillation—which I'd never heard of.
My doctors prescribed a beta blocker and an anticoagulant. I was never stable on the anticoagulant, ping-ponging from one extreme to the other: sometimes at risk for a clot and stroke, and other times at risk for a bleed. In the summer of 2005, research showed that about one-fourth of those on this anticoagulant are not stable, due to genetic reasons. I knew I could not continue to live with this nightmare of never being stable and always feeling like I was a stroke waiting to happen. That's when I discovered a new surgical procedure.
In September 2005, I underwent a mini maze surgery, and I became afib free.
With the freedom to go and do, without fear and anxiety, I got my life back.
Now, it's my life's work to help other people living with afib do the same.
Those living with afib have a 500% greater stroke risk than those without. They also have a one-in-three lifetime risk of having a stroke, and women tend to have a greater stroke risk than men do.
It is my mission to spread awareness of how to prevent afib-related strokes.
StopAfib.org is a patient-driven website, meant to educate, so you can become a proactive member of your healthcare team.
(Of course, the information on the website isn't meant to replace the relationship you build with the members of your healthcare team.)
Because of all this, I knew that those living with afib could benefit from an event where they could hear from - and talk with - experts in the field.
So we at StopAfib.org created the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference in 2013 to provide vital information and resources for people living with afib, and their loved ones.
"My first afib conference. I was amazed at everything. So very glad I was able to come. Thank you!"
"I gained a massive amount of general and specific info from your terrific speakers that will be valuable in my afib treatment."
"Program a win-win of me and my wife. Food was outstanding, great vendors. Next time I will not be afraid of attending."
"Very informative conference. Excellent speakers with a wide variety of knowledge. Food was very good and service excellent."
You're officially invited to …
The 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Livestream Replays
… August 4-6, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
During the Conference, All-Star, World-Renowned Atrial Fibrillation Experts Shared the Most Recent Developments about Afib Treatment, Along with Ways You Can Work with Your Healthcare Team for the Best Possible Results.
Plus, you'll have access to expert answers through panels and question-and-answer sessions.
This year, we added new content and new speakers, so this information is fresh, even if you attended past conferences.
"Wonderful! Better than 90% of all types of conferences I have attended. Speakers were excellent, especially the cardiac surgeons. Practical and informing."
"I was very impressed with the overall program (speakers, agenda, Q&A, and even food). Thank you very much. A job extremely well done."
"Excellent speakers; great info to go back and talk to my cardiologist about."
Here's our agenda:
Schedule and Agenda
Day One – Friday, August 4
8:30 – 10:00 Epidemiology & Basic Science For Afib Patients
Welcome and Introduction — Mellanie True Hills, CSP
Epidemiology for Afib Patients — Emelia Benjamin, MD (New Faculty & Content)
Basic Science for Afib Patients — Jose Jalife, MD (New Faculty & Content)
10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Sponsors
10:30 – 12:00 Managing Afib and Stroke Prevention – Part 1
Sinus Rhythm: Bridge to the Future – Eric Prystowsky, MD (New Content)
Medications for Preventing Strokes – Thomas Deering, MD (New Faculty)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (provided) and Visit Sponsors
1:30 – 3:00 Managing Afib and Stroke Prevention – Part 2
Devices for Preventing Strokes – Christopher Ellis, MD (New Faculty)
Monitoring of Afib – Suneet Mittal, MD (New Faculty & Content)
Women & Afib – Andrea Russo, MD (New Faculty & Content)
3:00 – 3:30 Break and Visit Sponsors
3:30 – 4:30 Panel Discussion: Getting the Best Care
Mellanie True Hills, CSP, Moderator
Thomas Deering, MD (New Faculty)
Eric Prystowsky, MD
Andrea Russo, MD (New Faculty)
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up
5:00 – 7:00 Gala VIP Reception (All Access Badge Holders)
Day Two – Saturday, August 5
8:30 – 10:00 Catheter Ablation Procedures & Tools
RF and FIRM Ablation – Paul Wang, MD (New Faculty)
Cryoballoon Ablation and aMAZE – Suneet Mittal, MD (New Faculty)
Fibrosis – Benjamin Steinberg, MD (New Faculty)
Laser Balloon & Ablation Innovations – Jacob Koruth, MD (New Faculty)
10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Sponsors
10:30 – 12:00 Catheter Ablation of Complicated Afib
Ablation of Complicated Afib – Andrea Natale, MD
Left Atrial Appendage Management – Luigi DiBiase, MD, PhD
Where Are We With Ablation, and Where Are We Going? – Douglas Packer, MD(New Content)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (provided) and Visit Sponsors
1:30 – 3:00 Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation Panel
Indications for AF Surgery & Open Chest/Concomitant Maze — Ralph Damiano, MD (New Content)
We do everything we can to ensure you walk away feeling in better control of your afib, so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life.
"Brilliant conference. I have attended many conferences of all types. Yours was the best in organization, presentation, venue and food. Thanks."
"It was very exciting to listen to these pioneers of afib treatment. The topics and speakers were excellent as well as the food."
"Loved every minute of it. So much information. Exhibits well presented. Food – oh wow! Fantastic."
"The conference surpassed my expectations. It was very informative. The food was wonderful. So appreciate how good it was while being healthy."
It's our goal to give you what you need to work with your healthcare team to create and manage the best possible treatment plan, adhere to that plan, and increase your confidence as you manage your afib and prevent afib-related strokes.
When you watch the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Livestream Replays, you receive:
Access to 15 hours of sessions, including presentations, panels, and Q&A sessions.
A digital program book, including the schedule, faculty bios, information about sponsors, and a place to take notes.
Q: Why can't you bring the conference to me in my city?
A: We hear this request over and over, and we'd LOVE to bring the conference to as many cities as possible. Truthfully, it's a lot of work to put on this conference, and even more work to get the top faculty—the ones from whom you most want to hear—all in one place at one time. We must make it convenient for them, so we hold it in a city with direct flights from where most major heart centers are located—which means it's easy for YOU to get here, too.
Q: Information related to afib seems confusing and overwhelming. How can I be sure I'll understand what the experts are saying?
A: This is an event created by patients, for patients. Everything you learn will be directed toward patients! And keep in mind that we're leaving plenty of time for questions and answers from live attendees, so you can get any clarifications you need. Also, if we are able to take video of the entire event, then you can watch it multiple times if you'd like to get as much value from the presentations and Q&A.
Q: Is there a guarantee or cancellation policy?
A: Because of the extremely low investment level, all conference livestream sales are final. If you experience difficulty accessing the replays, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we may help you access the replays.
So now are you ready?
Are you ready to become educated and empowered, and get your life back?
Yes, Mellanie! I'm ready. I'd like to access at the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Livestream Replays.
We are so excited to announce that we have made available livestream replays of the conference, which means you can attend—and get the latest information on afib—from the comfort of your home or office!
This information is simply too important to miss.
That's why we've worked diligently to offer this option, allowing us to reach as many people as possible in pursuit of our mission to help you prevent an afib-related stroke, while improving your quality of life.
When you sign up to access the livestream, you'll get 15 full hours of amazing content you can't get anywhere else.
Purchase now, and for your $197 investment, you receive:
2.5 days of expert presentations, learning from medical professionals at the forefront of this field. This includes the Q&A sessions, during which you’ll hear great questions from fellow attendees and our expert’s answers.
Access to uncut livestream replays.
A downloadable Program Book, containing the agenda, speaker photos and bios, information about our sponsors, and additional valuable resources.
Enjoy 15 full hours of content, and hear great questions from fellow attendees and our expert's answers. ($797 Value)
Access to Uncut Livestream Replay
Watch online replays of the entire event, beginning immediately.
Learn From the Comfort of Your Home Watch the replays without leaving your house … at your convenience.
You can choose not to watch the Conference Livestream Replays, stay in afib, and continue experiencing the disruptions to your everyday life. Or …
You can take action now, join us on the livestream replays, and begin learning how to become an active member of your healthcare team, and create a treatment plan that works for you … so you can get your life back! In fact, we have dozens of folks who are not coming back this year because as a result of what they learned at the conference last year, they're afib-free. Will you be among those who will be afib-free from watching the 2017 conference?
To your health,
Mellanie True Hills Founder, StopAfib.org
P.S. This is your chance to potentially get your life back, starting now. Sign up and watch today.