People who have an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem may not know the facts about the condition. Emmy ®-nominated game show host Howie Mandel didn’t either. That is, until he was diagnosed with the condition and became one of approximately 5.8 million people in the United States living with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. Howie Mandel soon learned that AFib is the most common abnormal heart rhythm, and people who have AFib not caused by a heart valve problem are at a five times greater risk of having a stroke than people who do not have the condition. To help raise awareness about AFib and its associated increased risk of stroke, Mandel has partnered with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Inc. to educate Americans about this condition, and to encourage people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem to speak with their physicians about treatment options that can help reduce the risk of stroke. “When I was first diagnosed with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, I didn’t know what it was or how common it was,” said Mandel. “My diagnosis motivated me to learn all I could about the condition, and now I’m committed to helping people test their own knowledge of AFib while raising money for National Stroke Association by taking the Fibs or Facts quiz at www.FibsOrFacts.com.” “Quiz participants can’t lose,” said Mandel. “You’ll come away knowing the fibs and the facts about AFib and increased stroke risk and you’ll also be supporting a tremendous organization.” A $1 donation by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer will be made to National Stroke Association for each person who completes the quiz, up to $25,000. There are two types of AFib: one caused by a heart valve problem, and one that is not. The majority of AFib is not caused by a heart valve problem. Strokes due to AFib are more severe and more likely to be fatal than strokes not associated with AFib.
“Even though patients with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem are at a five times greater risk for stroke, they may not be aware of this increased stroke risk” said Dr. Annabelle Volgman of Rush University Medical Center. “The Fibs or Facts campaign encourages people to learn more about this serious medical condition and, for those who have AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, to work with their doctors to discuss treatment options that can help reduce the risk of stroke.”About the Fibs or Facts Campaign Fibs or Facts is an educational campaign from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer to help people learn the fibs and facts about AFib not caused by a heart valve problem and its associated increased risk of stroke. About Bristol-Myers Squibb Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information, please visit http://www.bms.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bmsnews. Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a healthier world® At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more, please visit us at www.pfizer.com. Emmy ® is a registered trademark of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.