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  1. Mellanie - I know how busy you are!  Thank you.  I wonder if you had a chance to read my message to you a few weeks ago on cortisone and such, and its possibly being a hidden epidemic for new on-set aifb that no one is really talking about, I'm hoping your medical contacts might review?  It is in context with the study mentioned a possible trigger for myself and another on this forum and why I  bring it up.

    1. mellanie


      I have not been on the forum for several weeks as I have been gone to medical conferences. I have not seen your message, and don't know anything about cortisone having any relationship to afib. What caused you to ask about that?


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      I'm doing a quick search since I've not run across it in working on the guidelines and don't hear about it at afib medical conferences.

      I see some research that is old (2006) and that was called into question. For example, this quote from Dr. Ellenbogen (a close friend of ours) as a spokesperson for American Heart Association: "The AHA's Ellenbogen was also cautious about the findings. "The present study is a retrospective analysis of a large population study, and these findings will need further confirmation before definite recommendations about steroid use can be made," he said." And another researcher quoted in the same article indicated that most people who take cortisone already have an underlying condition that predisposes them to afib. []

      My sense is that cortisone is given for inflammation, and inflammation is an underlying cause of afib, so perhaps it's not the cortisone but instead the underlying condition/inflammation.