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Get back in Rhythm with Barry Manilow 

We thought you may like this piece of information as a great number of Heart Failure patients experience Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) or other Heart Rhythm complications. The site is great and really helps with self management of the condition. Just goes to show you are not alone!

Music iconBarry Manilow today revealed his long struggle to manage atrial fibrillation (AFib).  He has joined with Sanofi-Avensis the Pharma company that has antiarrhythmic drugs like Amiodarone and Dronedarone in it’s stable is to kick-off Get Back in Rhythm , a US education campaign to raise awareness about Atrial Fibrillation, and to encourage people to learn more about all the risks of AFib and the importance of keeping the heart in rhythm.

Manilow says “When I first experienced AFib more than 15 years ago, it was really scary, it felt like a fish flopping around in my chest,” said Manilow.  “I thought I knew about all the risks, but it turns out I didn’t, so I was really lucky I had such great doctors helping me manage it from the start.”

Atrial Fibrillation is a complex condition and many patients may not recognise the symptoms or the full range of health risks associated with it. This is why Manilow encourages those affected by AFib to visit www.GetBackInRhythm.com, to test their AFib knowledge with the Rhythm IQ quiz, learn more about all the risks of the disease and print a guide. The campaign will also include a public service announcement featuring Manilow to help raise awareness about AFib.

Manilow continues “At first, I kept my AFib private because I didn’t want to acknowledge there was something wrong with my heart.  But now I realise a lot of my fans and so many others could be affected, so I want to do all I can to help them take it seriously, understand all the risks of AFib and seek the best care,” admits Manilow.  “The bottom line is AFib needs more awareness.  Patients need more education.  No one should settle for a life out of rhythm.”

The goal of Get Back in Rhythm is to improve the health and well-being of those affected by Atrial Fibrillation.  The campaign encourages people to learn more about all the risks of Atrial Fibrillation, and talk with their healthcare provider about how to maintain a normal heart rhythm and manage the disease. wwwGetBackInRhythm.com offers a collection of resources including the Rhythm IQ to test Atrial Fibrillation knowledge, an Atrial Fibrillation Risk Assessment tool and a discussion guide to help patients make the most of their visits with their healthcare providers. In addition, visitors can learn about Atrial Fibrillation patient and singer/songwriter Barry Manilow’s personal experience living with Atrial Fibrillation and see what he’s doing to help others “get back into rhythm.”

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