What if, one year from now, you could be afib-free … and enjoy life like it used to be?
Get THE Most Up-to-Date Research and In-Depth Knowledge from Afib Experts, So You Can Better Manage Your Treatment, and Possibly Even Get Rid of Afib.
Join hundreds of other afib patients and their family members to learn how to stop living in fear, and start taking control of your health and life. It IS possible, and when you join us August 3-5 in Dallas, Texas, we’ll show you how.
From the desk of Mellanie True Hills
If you’re living with afib now (or if you’re the family member of someone who is), 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.
- Sometimes all the “medical speak” is overwhelming. You wish you could talk to someone who speaks plain English so you can better understand your condition and your options for managing it.
- 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 managing and treating afib, and possibilities when it comes to getting rid of it.
Over time, technology advances and what we know about afib changes … which is why we offer the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference annually.
It’s an opportunity for you to hear—in your own language—from the researchers, doctors, and surgeons at the forefront of the field, to discover what is possible in terms of managing your afib and potentially getting rid of it altogether, so you can get your life back.
Imagine a single piece of information, or a single procedure, or a single piece of advice, empowering you to get 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 being active, losing weight, and not visiting the hospital on a regular basis.
Imagine getting unprecedented support from fellow conference attendees, so you no longer have to feel like you’re “going it alone.”
Something SO special happened at the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference: a group of past attendees—all of whom are now afib-free—came to Dallas to share their experiences.
They’d attended the 2016 conference, elected to have the same procedure, and supported each other through it.
Now, they’re ALL afib-free and off medications!
Imagine, one year from now, being able to share your own story of discovering new information that could help you eliminate your afib!
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 … by attending the 2018 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference.
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 12 years after undergoing a surgical procedure.
I’m also the founder of StopAfib.org, which has been the #1 arrhythmia website worldwide, and among 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 Awareness Month by the US Senate. I participate in global coalitions focused on diagnosing people with afib and preventing preventable 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 wrote two of the very first Intranet books (published by John Wiley & Sons), both of which were long-time best sellers (among the top-selling business books on Amazon), as well as a multiple-award-winning book, “A Woman’s Guide to Saving Her Own Life,” to share what I had learned.
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 an anticoagulant (blood thinner) to prevent a stroke. 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 removal of my left atrial appendage, 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 to 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.
You’re officially invited to …
The 2018 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.®
Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference.
August 3-5 in Dallas, Texas.
During the Conference, All-Star, World-Renowned Atrial Fibrillation Experts Will Share the Most Recent Developments in Afib Treatment, Along with Ways You Can More Effectively Work with Your Healthcare Team for the Best Possible Results.
Plus, you’ll have the chance to interact with these experts through panels and question-and-answer sessions, and during breaks. According to some of our past attendees, this opportunity alone is worth the price of admission!
This year, we’ve added new content and new speakers, so this information will be fresh, even if you’ve attended past conferences.
Here’s our agenda:
Schedule and Agenda
Our agenda isn’t finalized yet, but we know we’ll start at 8 a.m. Friday, August 3 and finish by noon Sunday, August 5.
In short, you and your family members will develop a better understanding of afib and:
- The risk factors that can cause it.
- Questions to ask your doctor, and which specialists to consider meeting with.
- Why it’s a problem (including the relationship between afib and strokes, and how to prevent strokes).
- How it’s treated with medications.
- What procedures are available if medications don’t work.
- Lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your afib burden.
- How to work effectively with your doctors.
- What the future holds.
And remember, you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from and speak with the innovators themselves!
We do everything we can to ensure you walk away from this three-day event feeling in control of your afib, so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life, no matter which course of action you decide to take.
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 attend the 2018 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, live and in person, you receive:
- Access to 15 hours of sessions, including presentations, panels, and Q&A sessions.
- Access to our private Facebook group, where you can interact with other people living with afib, and their family members.
- A program book, including the schedule, faculty bios, information about sponsors, and a place to take notes.
And when you take advantage of our All Access Pass, you’ll also receive access to our VIP Reception Friday night, where you can sit down and have informal discussions with the world’s most famous afib experts!
Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to see our sponsor exhibits and visit with sponsors, so you can get answers about content delivered during the faculty presentations. Sponsors will show the most leading-edge devices used in treating afib, talk about treatments and clinical trials, and provide take-home materials.
All of this takes place at The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas.
1717 N. Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Our 2018 Get In Rhythm. Stay In Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference will be held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in the heart of the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas.
Book Your Room at the Fairmont Dallas
StopAfib.org Room Block
From $125/night plus taxes
To secure your room, please call the hotel directly
Request the “StopAfib.org Get In Rhythm” group block to receive our discounted group rate.
Should you wish to extend your stay, rooms are also offered 3 days prior to the event and 3 days after at the group rate (based on hotel availability). To maximize your experience, we recommend booking your flight to arrive at least the day or evening prior so you can be well rested and ready for the event (remember, we plan to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 3 and end by noon Sunday, August 5).
You can also preview the hotel and make reservations on the web. Simply click the “Reserve Your Room Now” button below.
Now, you may be wondering about the investment for the 2018 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference.
Because we want this event to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, we’ve kept the investment level low, especially for the valuable experience you receive.
Showing up matters to you, and to your family. Many attendees have found their solution and are no longer in afib. People who attended previously, and who have chosen to manage their afib (as opposed to electing to have a procedure) are always the first to register for the annual conference, because they don’t want to miss out on the latest, potentially life-saving information they’ll hear.
Also, while we’ve heard from people who aren’t sure whether the conference is worth traveling for, international attendees are often the first to register, which we believe proves that it is!
That being said, when you take advantage of our Super Early Bird pricing, tickets for the All Access Pass—which includes the VIP Reception, where attendees can chat with doctors in person (you don’t want to miss out on that!)—are just $197, and tickets for General Admission are just $167.
Trust us that the conference will be as good as or better than last year’s conference! You get a special discount if you’re willing to sign up before we have the full agenda and faculty finalized.
After that, the investment level increases to $257 for All Access and $227 for General Admission.
Both General Admission and All Access include two lunches and five snack breaks, and a discount on last year’s Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Livestream + Video Replay, so you can learn everything you can before attending this year—which means you’ll get even more out of the live event. The All Access Pass also includes a VIP Reception on Friday night.
Q: Why is it important for me to attend live? Can’t I get the same benefit from watching it on livestream, or watching the recordings?
A: Attending via livestream is a great option if it’s your only option, but it’s just not the same as attending in-person. When you attend in-person, you have the unique opportunity to speak with the top experts in afib, and to ask them your questions. You can’t do that if you’re not there! One of our past attendees said he got thousands of dollars in value just from talking to experts between sessions. Plus, the video recordings aren’t available for as long as several months after the event—and this information is up-to-date, NOW.
Q: Where can I purchase the 2017 conference livestream recordings?
Q: Travel is too expensive and too much of a hassle. How can I justify this monetary and time investment?
A: First and foremost, this is the primary reason we require such a minimal investment for the conference itself—we want to make it as accessible as possible! Also, we announce the dates of the conference many months in advance so you can get very reasonable airfare. Secondly, consider how much money you’ll save when you’re able to make the most effective decisions about your afib. It’s possible that what you could save on unnecessary healthcare costs is enough to pay for the trip. Finally, the group rates we’ve negotiated at the hotel—just $125 per night, including Internet—are an incredible bargain, especially for such a fantastic hotel in the Dallas Arts District, with typical nightly rates of as much as $300. Staying at the conference hotel makes it easy to get to and from the meeting in just minutes. Also, you can get these rates for three days before and three days after the conference, so you can make a vacation out of your visit. Once you reserve your spot, we’ll give you all the details you need about ground transportation, parking, etc.
Q: I’m not up to traveling. Can I still attend?
A: If you’re truly not up to traveling, you may be able to take advantage of our livestream option; but please keep in mind that we won’t know whether we’ll be able to offer a livestream option until just days before the event. The only way to ensure you get this potentially life-saving information is to attend in person. Either way, consider this event an investment in your health. If you work with your healthcare team to implement what you learn, it’s possible you’ll be able to attend in-person next year.
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, 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: If you can’t attend in person, you may request a refund of your ticket price, less a $30 cancellation fee to cover the costs of processing your payment and refund—as long as you let us know before Thursday, July 26 at 5 PM Central Time. After that, the hotel requires us to give a final headcount and we’re responsible for the cost of the food—which is $300 per person, or $375 if you buy an All Access Pass and attend the VIP Reception. Therefore, after Thursday, July 26 at 5 PM Central Time, we will be unable to issue any refunds. This is actually quite generous as most conferences do not allow cancellations within 30 days of the conference. If you can’t attend in person, please let us know as soon as possible, in case we may be able to accommodate you in a different way.
So now are you ready?
Are you ready to become educated and empowered, and get your life back?
Yes, Mellanie! I’m ready. Reserve my spot at the 2018 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference.
I understand that I have several options for attending:
MOST POPULARAll Access
General Sessions Featuring Renowned Afib Experts ($300 Value)
2 Lunches & 5 Breaks ($375 Value)
Live Q&A Opportunities
$100 Discount on 2017 AF Patient Conference Livestream + Video Replay
Friday Evening VIP Reception ($75 Value)
ALL SESSIONSGeneral Admission
General Sessions Featuring Renowned Afib Experts ($300 Value)
2 Lunches & 5 Breaks ($375 Value)
Live Q&A Opportunities
$100 Discount on 2017 AF Patient Conference Livestream + Video Replay
Right now, you have a choice:
You can choose not to attend the Conference, stay in afib, and continue experiencing the disruptions to your everyday life, and wasting money. Or…
You can take action now, join us in Dallas, 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 attending the 2018 conference?
I look forward to seeing you in August, in Dallas.
To your health,
Mellanie True Hills