The annual Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference was truly a special event that changed lives. Could it change yours?
Get Your Life Back: Get Front-Row Access to the Experts Our Doctors Learn From … Those at the Leading Edge of Afib. Discover THE Most Up-to-Date Afib Research to Help You Better Manage Your Treatment and Get Back to LIVING.
This is your chance to join hundreds of other afib patients and their family members from around the globe to learn how to stop living with the stress and anxiety from afib, and start taking control of your health and life.
It IS possible. In the conference recordings, we’ll show you how.
From the desk of Mellanie True Hills
Everyone experiences afib differently. For some, it’s that “flopping fish” feeling in the chest. For others, it’s dizziness, feeling lightheaded, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Others don’t experience any symptoms at all, and live with the knowledge (and trepidation) that their afib is there, but are not sure when they are in afib.
The effects can be life-changing: those with afib have a poorer quality of life than even those who have had a heart attack.
Furthermore, afib doesn’t only affect those who have afib. It hijacks the lives of loved ones, too.
Living with afib is full of stress and anxiety.
And it’s no wonder. With afib, you have to juggle appointments with various specialists all while you manage multiple medications and pay huge medical bills. Then, there is the fear that comes with being at higher risk for a stroke, heart failure, and/or dementia (each of which can feel like a fate worse than death).
Is all of this stopping you from truly LIVIING?
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Imagine a Single Piece of Information, or a Single Procedure, or a Single Piece of Expert Advice Empowering You to Get Back to the Way You Were Before Afib Disrupted Your Life!
Imagine doing the things you love—exercising, making and keeping plans, and finishing normal daily tasks (like laundry, chores, and shopping)—without a second thought.
Imagine going to work and actually being able to concentrate, instead of being preoccupied with your afib.
Imagine knowing the best options for your treatment, how to best communicate with your healthcare team, and confidently charting out your plan.
Imagine being active, managing your weight, and not visiting the hospital regularly.
Imagine receiving unprecedented support from fellow conference attendees, so you no longer have to feel like you’re “going it alone.”
Imagine getting back to truly living, rather than just existing.
A common outcome for those who attend the annual Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Patient Conference is feeling a sense of relief as they identify ways to get their lives back.
“[I attended the virtual conference last year and in person this year] just to have the availability to ask questions and interact directly with the speakers. I mean, this whole room was full of resources. And boy, I took advantage of it every chance I got. I’m now empowered with the knowledge of what to ask. I’m my own advocate, and that’s the biggest takeaway.”
Alexis Lee, a young, busy professional with afib, was living in fear. He spent nine months in and out of hospitals, not receiving the information he needed and constantly wondering when his afib would disrupt his life—again.
He did what many of us do when we have question s: he searched the Internet for answers. That’s when he found StopAfib.org, a well-regarded and highly credible site that provided him with all the information he needed in plain English.
That’s when he began to see that taking his life back really was possible.
Feeling empowered with everything he learned from StopAfib.org, he switched cardiologists and discussed some of the options he’d seen on our website, which contains articles, webinars, and replays of past conferences.
Within a week, he’d scheduled his surgery, which he had about a month later. Although the recovery was a bit tough, he continued to see improvements. He grew stronger, and his life completely changed.
For 13 years, his afib disappeared.
When he attended the 2019 patient conference, he met the surgeon who invented the surgery that stopped his afib.
Then, in 2021, Alexis got COVID. Although he experienced only mild symptoms, the virus raised his blood pressure. The medication his doctor prescribed made him dehydrated and lowered his potassium … which triggered his afib and brought back his palpitations.
He decided to attend the patient conference in 2022 to learn more about the latest in afib-related technology and medication.
“I was able to talk to that same surgeon again,” he said, “and that was amazing, because he actually trained my heart surgeon the year before I had my surgery. To have a conversation with him and instantly—literally within seconds—have a new direction to pursue changed everything. The first thing he did was check my pulse. It’s like, ‘You’re not even my doctor,’ but he went straight into humanitarian mode. And that opened the door inside of me.”
He recommended Alexis talk to one of our sponsors about an implantable monitor and follow up with his doctors about it. Alexis said that having a plan, and knowing what to talk with his doctors about, dramatically reduced his stress.
Bill Hyde attended his first Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference after his doctor diagnosed him with afib. At that point, his afib wasn’t interfering much with his life—he hadn’t had many episodes. He attended the conference because he realized he didn’t even know what questions to ask, and he wanted more information.
He then attended yearly for several years, gathering new information from innovators in afib.
When his afib started to affect his quality of life (he is a former ski instructor, and afib was stopping him from skiing with his wife), he was already empowered with the knowledge he needed to discuss his treatment options with his healthcare team. He had an ablation, and now, he is back to skiing!
Another attendee, Ross Wroblewski, first noticed afib symptoms like shortness of breath and lightheadedness when he was doing chores around the house. His doctors diagnosed him with afib … which affected his ability to participate in his favorite pastime: skydiving.
When he attended the Patient Conference, he met Dr. Randy Wolf, who reviewed his medical files and felt he could help Ross. Ross had the mini maze procedure.
It was successful, and today, Ross is back to doing what he loves—jumping out of airplanes!
Ross and Bill’s stories highlight the power you have to manage your afib and get back to doing what you love.
You Don’t Have to Live with Constant Worry and Stress. You CAN Manage Your Afib, Possibly Getting Rid of It Altogether, and Get Your Life Back.
By next year’s conference, you could be sharing YOUR story of discovering new information that helped you eliminate your afib! This can be your reality … and you can do it all without obsessing over your afib.
Watch the 2023 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Recordings, where you’ll hear, in plain English, from the top researchers, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, surgeons, and other specialists at the leading edge of afib.
“[This conference] changed my life … it gave me my answer. I had a mini-maze a year ago. I’m here today afib free, medication free, here to help anybody else I can.”
“Great lineup! Very professional conference. Excellent conference, as it has been for the three years I have attended.”
“I have never been able to experience the exposure to a doctor who is sincerely as concerned about my health as these doctors are. And being [on] location [with them] is extremely beneficial, an extra bonus if you will, worth every bit of the money.”
“Come to a [conference] like this, take charge of your health, find out what other options are available. One, it’ll give you hope, and two, there’s a good chance you can do something that’ll make you feel better.”
“So impressed that the doctors took their time to come and teach us about afib; impressed at their respect for Mellanie. It’s nice to be able to talk to doctors outside of an office. Speakers were excellent, as well as venue, food, etc.”
“I can’t think of anything to make the conference better. It was outstanding! I would strongly encourage others to attend.”
According to the American Heart Association, the U.S. will have 12.1 million people living with afib—the most common arrhythmia—by 2030.
Over time, technology advances and what we know about afib changes … which is one of the reasons we offer the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference each year.
Another reason is because we see what a difference it makes for people like Alexis, Bill, and Ross, whose stories you read above, and potentially, people like you. The information, much of it new each year, is invaluable!
The proof: year after year, we welcome back a significant number of repeat attendees … and they join us from around the globe.
In fact, Bill mentioned that the reason he keeps coming back to the conference each year is that our faculty members—who are the innovators in afib—present new treatment options each time (and these are often treatment options they developed, themselves).
Sometimes, we even ask our faculty to talk about subjects on which they are experts, but have not yet spoken about at medical conferences. This means you get to hear about these subjects even before their doctor colleagues do!
Robert Levin, a repeat attendee of the annual Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, said he highly recommends the conference to anyone who is living with afib. He’s now afib-free and continues to attend the conference because of the high quality of information (and because it’s fun!).
“Do a lot of research; come to this patient conference, because the accessibility of doctors who are here willing to spend time and talk to you is just amazing. I came back this year just because we had so much fun here last year, and we’ll be back next year.”
“Excellent speakers! Appreciated their candor and openness. The videos of actual procedures were very interesting! Pictures/drawings/illustrations of heart function and afib were very helpful and interesting. Doctor Q&As were great and food was excellent! Excellent conference!”
“Excellent conference for gaining knowledge on afib. Great panel of doctors and speakers. Helpful in answering everyone’s Qs.”
“Certainly what I’m taking away is the camaraderie between all of us who have something in common, and having not met the people before, it’s very refreshing. We’ve formed bonds and shared stories, which is very rewarding.”
I’d like to tell you my own story, so you know how I came to be doing this, and why I am so passionate about helping you!
I’m Mellanie True Hills, an afib patient and survivor who has been afib free for more than 17 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), 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 getting people diagnosed with afib so they can prevent “preventable” strokes.
In the development of the 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation, I became the first non-clinician to participate as part of the guidelines process. I serve on think tanks and research study steering committees with many of the world’s leading expert doctors as well as on faculty at medical conferences worldwide.
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 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 surgical procedure 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 your doctor and the other members of your healthcare team.)
From the first time I attended a medical conference, I wanted patients to have their own medical conference, so they had the opportunity to hear from those same world-renowned expert doctors who our doctors learn from. It was my dream, but it took a few years before I was able to realize that dream.
We at StopAfib.org created our first 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. Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands, of people living with afib get their lives back.
“This conference ‘cemented’ the ideas about lifestyle changes that can affect afib—maybe without interventions first. But good information about choosing a doc/EP and becoming empowered to ask questions.”
“Wonderful event. Excellent speakers. Fair conference fee. Very reasonable lodging cost.”
During the Conference, All-Star, World-Renowned Atrial Fibrillation Experts Shared the Most Recent Developments in Afib Treatment, Along with Ways You Can More Effectively Work with Your Healthcare Team for the Best Possible Results.
In fact, one attendee, James Lewis, who’s a caregiver for his wife, said, “One of the things that you get in terms of being [at the conference] live is the understanding of how to talk and work with the doctors, because they’re there to help you help them help you.”
This year, we leveraged what I saw and heard at a number of medical conferences to put together an agenda based on the latest information. This means what you learn will be new, even if you’ve attended past conferences. In addition, we focused on taking a deep dive into afib as well as innovations in afib treatment, so you will learn more about managing and even stopping afib.
“Speakers were super; enjoyed the humor of some of them no matter how serious this subject. Very special to have access to such high-quality practitioners.”
“Excellent experience. Value in every interaction with other attendees; their experience added to our decisions for taking action.”
“I’m not alone! Sharing symptoms and possible solutions is comforting. A special bond!”
“I know way more about afib, which will help me talk to my cardiologist.”
“Great overall look at afib and the complexities of it. These doctors were the best. Made the conference worth it!”
Schedule and Agenda
Deep Dives and Innovation
- Resources & Wrap Up — Mellanie True Hills, CSP
- This special appearance is brought to you by the No Time to Wait campaign and the Bristol Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance
- Living with Afib, Takeaways, & Closing — Mellanie True Hills, CSP
We do everything we can to ensure you walk away from this educational experience 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.
In short, when you and your family members take advantage of this opportunity to hear from the world-renowned members of our faculty, you’ll develop a better understanding of afib, including:
- 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).
- Lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your afib burden.
- How it’s treated with medications.
- What procedures are available if medications don’t work.
- How to work effectively with your doctors.
- What the future holds.
And remember, you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from the innovators themselves. We invite some repeat faculty and some new faculty each year. They are always the créme de la créme of afib researchers and doctors, such as Dr. Vivek Reddy and Dr. Emelia Benjamin, who received the Eric N. Prystowsky, MD Advocate for Patients Award in 2022 and 2021, respectively.
It’s our goal to give you what you need to work with your healthcare team to create 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 access the 2023 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Recordings, you receive:
- Access to 15 hours of sessions, including presentations, panels, and Q&A sessions.
- A program book, including the schedule, faculty bios, information about sponsors, and a place to take notes.
- Access to our all-new online attendee forum, where you can chat with others living with afib. Many of our attendees have made friends with one another at the conference, and enjoy seeing each other year after year.
“First time attending and we were both impressed. Speakers outstanding and very knowledgeable. Overall, everything was great.”
“Food was the best I have had at a conference or other group setting. Speakers were knowledgeable. Venue comfortable and conducive to learning.”
“Very valuable experience. Well organized—sessions began and ended on time. The speakers were excellent—experts in their fields.”
“Excellent program; great info; food was great.”
“Really enjoyed each and every speaker; each one was relaxed in talking and sharing the knowledge they have. Going into an MD appointment, they don’t always share all of the information we’ve received this past three days.”
“Everything was top-notch. Speakers excellent, food plentiful and delicious, everything was so well thought out.”
Now, you may be wondering about the investment for the 2023 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Recordings.
Because we want this information 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 usually among 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!
“Absolutely, I think we will be back. It is a stretch to get here. It’s not like we want to spend our vacation days here, or our non-vacation days here, and we have grandkids we would rather be with. But with what we are coming away with, we will absolutely be back.”
“My first conference and I was very impressed with how well it was planned and played out. Venue was in a good location and food was very good and plenty of it! All the speakers were excellent.”
“Speakers bring knowledge and insight they have to patients and hear what patients have to say. Diversity and difference in speakers valuable.”
“My third year here. I thought this was the best and most informative I have attended so far. All speakers were outstanding and complementary.”
Not only that, but family members who choose to learn from the conference in support of a loved one with afib find it valuable, as well.
Diana Levin, who came to a previous conference with her husband Robert, told me the first year she’d been dreading sitting through several days of afib talks, but it wasn’t boring at all. In fact, she enjoyed it and learned so much. It helped her to really understand what he was going through and how she could help him. The Levins have returned to the conference several times.
You can take advantage of our Conference Recordings. It’s just $247.
When you purchase the Conference Recordings, you will have access to the entire conference and will be able to watch the presentations at your convenience and as often as you’d like.
Thank you to our 2023 Conference Sponsors.
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Conference Sponsor - Patron
Conference Sponsor - Co-Sponsor
Frequently Asked Questions
Afib is such a complicated condition (even doctors will tell you that) … it is impossible for your doctor to provide the depth of information needed in the short appointments insurance allows. That is why being here is so valuable—you get information that you might never be able to get during a visit with your doctor, or it might take years to collect up all this information from doctor visits.
Also, consider how much money you’ll save when you’re able to make the most effective decisions about your afib. Your new knowledge could save you money on unnecessary healthcare.
Most importantly, think about what this information could do to enhance your quality of life.
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 well in advance so you can get very reasonable airfare. Second, consider what it’s worth to you to be able to get your afib under control and enjoy your life as you had planned, making memories with your loved ones and really living. Third, when you’re able to make the most effective decisions about your afib, it’s possible you’ll save enough on unnecessary healthcare costs to pay for the trip. Finally, the group rates we’ve negotiated at the hotel—just $155 per night, including Internet—are an incredible bargain, especially for such a fantastic (upscale) hotel in the Dallas Arts District, with typical nightly rates of as much as $300, or more. Staying at the conference hotel makes it easy to get to and from the meeting in just minutes (and minimizes the amount of walking you need to do as everything is close and convenient in this hotel). 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.
This conference provides you with unparalleled access to experts, in person, and can therefore give you confidence in your treatment options and plan. With that comes peace of mind for you and your loved ones, even as you get back to doing the things you love (most likely faster than you’d be able to if you were figuring it out on your own!).
What is that worth to you?
In our estimate, in the 10 years since we’ve been offering this conference, hundreds, if not thousands, of people have found their afib solution. These folks will not return to the conference this year because, as a result of what they learned at the conference in previous years, they’re now afib-free.
Could that be you? What would that be worth?
If you’re truly not able to travel, you can take advantage of our livestream option. Whether in person or via livestream, this event is an investment in your health and quality of life. It’s an opportunity to learn from the leading afib experts, without traveling all over to see them. 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.
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 full year’s work to put on this (huge) conference. It’s even more work to bring together top faculty from all over the country—the ones from whom you most want to hear—all in one place at one time (it would be difficult to get this caliber of experts to smaller local/regional events). 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.
The Fairmont Dallas is nearly perfect for the conference, which is why we go there year after year. And, both DFW and Love Field airports are easy to get in and out of without the long walks required in so many other airports.
This conference is created by patients, for patients, so everything will be directed toward you! And keep in mind that we’re leaving plenty of time for questions and answers, so you can get any clarifications you need. We are offering the conference recordings for a small fee (this is a true bargain if you buy the recordings with your registration), so you can rewatch sessions you’d like to, and you can visit our StopAfib.org Library, which contains a wealth of information at no cost, any time.
If you can’t attend in person, you may convert your All Access Pass to a Livestream Admission (and, if you like, you can purchase the recordings for a small additional fee). You can make this change by notifying us in writing by Thursday, July 27 at noon Central Time. This allows us to remove you from the meal count we must give the hotel July 28 and arrange for you to receive the links for viewing the conference if you are converting to Livestream.
On-site registration may be available if there is space. You may wish to contact us in advance at [email protected] to ask.
We do everything we can to keep our ticket costs as low as possible, because it’s important to us to reach as many people as possible with the life-changing information we share. An All Access Pass is way below our cost, since we’re paying more for your food than we’re charging per ticket. Thus, we cannot offer discounted tickets for spouses/colleagues/friends.
Now are you ready?
Are you ready to become educated and empowered, and get your life back?
Yes, Mellanie! I’m ready. Give me access to the 2023 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Recordings.
I understand that I have two options for attending:
Access the Conference Recordings Now
General Sessions Featuring Renowned Afib Experts ($375 Value)
Three days of sessions, including presentations, panels, and Q&As. Our faculty members are the crème de la crème in the afib world.
Attendee Forum (New)
Access to our all-new online attendee forum, where you can chat with others living with afib. Many of our attendees have made friends with one another at the conference and enjoy seeing each other year after year.
Right now, you have a choice.
Will you take action now, access the recordings, 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?
Will you be among those who will be afib-free from watching the 2023 conference recordings?
To your health,
Mellanie True Hills
P.S. This is your opportunity to discover how you can begin to get your life back, just like so many others have after attending the conference. Register today, and we’ll send you access to the recordings as soon as they become available.