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Did you know [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Barry Manilow[/lastfm] has been quietly fighting a disease since 1996?
[photogallerylink id=50187 align=right]You couldn’t have! It wasn’t until yesterday that he finally made his condition public.
Barry has been suffering from AFib (Atrial Fibrillation) for the last 15 years. This disease causes the heart to beat out of rhythm with the possibility of permanent damage, strokes and even heart failure!
Why come out now? Get Back In Rhythm. That’s Barry’s new campaign to raise awareness of AFib. Barry said, “When I first experienced AFib more than 15 years ago, it was really scary. It felt like a fish flopping around in my chest. 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. At first, I kept my AFib private because I didn’t want to acknowledge there was something wrong with my heart. But now I realize 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. The bottom line is AFib needs more awareness. Patients need more education. No one should settle for a life out of rhythm.”
CLICK HERE for the website.