Technical and medical websites
Not exactly easy reading, medical journals provide important information in industry-specific terms. However, some are more accessible than others, and it can be good to visit these once in a while to get undiluted info on current AFib research.
Journal of Atrial Fibrillation (JAFIB). Overflowing with peer-reviewed research, this journal probably has something directly related to what you’re seeking. Doctors’ anecdotes and medically-supported information can help you better understand what’s behind the processes that are affecting your AFib.
A number of different sections in jafib.com means there’s a lot to explore. If you want to get right to the point, you can go to “Meet the Expert Doctor” and connect with medical professionals to sort out your unique AFib concerns in the forum.
Learn the Heart. This site is maintained by heart doctor Steven Lome, and it offers readers plenty of information – mostly from a doctor’s point of view. If you’re looking for more details and more examination of medical evidence, Learntheheart.com is a great place to start.
This site is comprehensive but very user-friendly. There are quizzes and other lighthearted material that can be fun and informative.
Community support sites
A strong support network can make a huge difference in your AFib management. Feeling isolated? You’re not alone – there are many people who have struggled with their psychological and physical symptoms, and they’ve formed communities that are as welcoming as they are informative.
If you’re new to forums, try to keep a few things in mind for a better experience. First off, these aren’t doctors (though some forums are moderated by doctors), so be open-minded and tolerant but don’t take opinion as fact. Your primary care physician is who you rely on for an AFib treatment plan, and it’s important to discuss any new medication or therapy with your doctor before trying it. Even some over-the-counter meds can interfere with your AFib drugs in dangerous ways.
Next, give as much as you take. Ask helpful questions and give helpful answers, and you’ll likely find that you form a circle of like-minded online friends very quickly. Try to keep a bright attitude and suspend judgment as much as you can; these are people who may be scared, in pain, and worried about the future – feelings you’re probably familiar with.
Know you're not alone
Some days you won’t feel like talking in person or talking much at all. The great thing about connecting on a virtual platform is that you can spend as much or as little time in the conversation as you like, and you don’t have to worry about upsetting anyone or keeping up appearances. Start using all the resources at your fingertips – the more AFib knowledge you can collect, the better.