About Minimaze.org


Minimaze.org was developed by James McClelland, MD, with the intention to:

  • Promote discussion about issues surrounding curative procedures for atrial fibrillation, with a goal of improved patient outcomes
  • Promote collaboration between surgeons and electrophysiologists in the management of atrial fibrillation
  • Provide a resource for patients seeking information about management options for their AF
  • Provide a resource for physicians interested in advanced options for their patients or for initiating a minimally invasive surgical program at their institution

James McClelland, MD, is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist with an interest in curative procedures for atrial fibrillation. He has experience with both catheter ablation and minimally invasive surgery for AF. A list of his publications can be obtained by clicking here. All text, images and videos are copyright James McClelland, MD except as noted. Minimaze.org would like to acknowlege all of those who have helped to edit and improve it, including our patients, staff, members of OC, SHMC, OHVI, and others.

Terms and Conditions of Use Policy



Minimaze.org is an online information and communications service provided by minimaze.org and from other sources. Use of minimaze.org is governed by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using minimaze.org.

Medical Advice


This site does not give medical advice nor does it recommend specific treatments for AF. For this, see your physician.

Unapproved uses of medications, equipment and procedures


Be aware that many therapies commonly used for AF are not approved by the FDA for treatment of atrial fibrillation (“off label use”). These include:
  • Medications not approved for use in AF
  • Catheters not approved for ablation of AF
  • Surgical tools not approved for treatment of AF
  • Surgical and non-surgical procedures not approved for treatment of AF

The user agrees that the description of these herein does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of unapproved or “off-label” uses of medications, equipment or procedures.

Privacy



Minimaze.org is committed to protecting your online privacy. We feel it is important for you to know how we handle the information we receive from you via the Internet. You can visit minimaze.org without revealing any personal information. We do not collect information that would personally identify you unless you choose to provide it.

Forms


Our website contains forms through which users may request information or supply feedback to us. In some cases, telephone numbers, email addresses or return addresses are required so that we can supply requested information to you. After you fill out a form, we may contact you with follow-up information. We do not provide any information supplied on our web forms to any outside organization for any reason (other than where we may be required to by law). We do not save this personal information for any other reason.

Email


"Phishing" is a scam designed to steal your personal information. If you receive an email that looks like it is from minimaze.org asking you for your personal information, do not respond. We will never request your password, user name, credit card information or other personal information through email.

User name and password


In the event you access any service requiring a user name and password, you are solely responsible for keeping such user name and password strictly confidential.

Non-personal information


Minimaze.org collects non-personal information such as website usage, traffic patterns, site performance and related statistics based on our tracking of your visits to the website.

IP addresses


The web server automatically collects the IP address of the computers that access our site. An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you access the internet. It is not truly personally identifiable information because many different individuals can access the internet via the same computer. We use this information in aggregate form to understand how our site is being used and how we can better serve visitors. Please note that although such information is not personally identifiable, we can determine from an IP address a visitor's internet service provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.

Disclaimer of warranty


Materials, services and other information are provided “as is” by minimaze.org for educational purposes only. Minimaze.org makes no express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or use, title or non infringement.

Please note that, by its very nature, a website cannot be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts. Furthermore, minimaze.org does not control the devices or computers or the internet over which you may choose to send confidential personal information and cannot, therefore, prevent such interceptions of compromises to your information while in transit. Therefore, minimaze.org hereby makes no guarantee as to security, integrity or confidentiality of any information transmitted to or from this website, or stored within this website. Beyond our reasonable care to safeguard your information while in transit, minimaze.org cannot and does not guarantee the absolute security of electronic communications or transmissions since any transmission made over the internet by any organization or any individual runs the risk of interception. In addition, we hereby make no guarantee as to security, integrity or confidentiality of any information transmitted to or from this website, or stored within this website.

Limitation of liability


You assume the sole risk of transmitting your information as it relates to the use of this website, and for any data corruptions, intentional interceptions, intrusions or unauthorized access to information, or of any delays, interruptions to or failures preventing the use this website. In no event shall minimaze.org be liable for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or monetary damages, including fees, and penalties in connection with your use of materials posted on this site or connectivity to or from this site to any other site. Minimaze.org may change this privacy policy without notice to you.


General terms and conditions


Your access and use of this site and its services bind you to this Agreement. If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use for this site, you may not use the site or its services.

We may modify this Agreement at any time. Any modifications made to this Agreement will be effective immediately upon posting on the site. By accessing or using the Service, you agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of the Agreement as posted on the Service at the time of your access or use. You agree to review the Agreement posted on the Service each time you use the Service so that you are aware of any modifications made to this Agreement.

Disclaimer


The service and any information contained on or provided through the service is provided on an "as is" basis. That means that the information contained on or provided through this service is intended for general consumer understanding and education. Any access to this site is voluntary. We will regard all access as voluntary and at the sole risk of the user.

This site and its services are for consumer educational use only. Nothing contained in this site is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The services provided on this site are here to educate consumers on health care and medical issues that may affect their daily lives. This site and its services do not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Because of the designated purpose of this site and the services it provides, you agree that minimaze.org does not constitute a service that targets any one community, user group, business or industry. Because the site is designed for educational purposes, you also agree that it does not constitute "doing business" in any specific jurisdiction or soliciting business for us or any of our affiliated companies, subsidiaries or our parent company or establishing "minimum contacts" with any jurisdiction outside of the state of Oregon.

We advise users to always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions regarding personal health or medical conditions. Never disregard, avoid or delay in obtaining medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on this site. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. If you are in the United States and are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or call for emergency medical help on the nearest telephone.

We do not operate, control, supply, endorse, warrant or guarantee any information, products, services or merchandise that is not clearly identified as information, products, services or merchandise supplied by us. We also do not warrant or guarantee that files available for downloading through the Service will be free of infections or viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that contains contaminating or destructive properties.

We, and our content providers, cannot and do not guarantee or warrant against errors, omissions, delays, interruptions or losses, including loss of data. Users of this site are responsible for maintaining a means external to minimaze.org for the reconstruction of any lost data.

We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this site, or any part thereof, with or without notice.

Warranties and limitation of liability


We do not make any express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements of any kind whatsoever (including without limitation, warranties of title or noninfringement, or any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose) with regard to the service, or with respect to any information, product, service, merchandise or other material provided on or through the service. We do not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, correctness, timeliness or usefulness of any information, products, services, merchandise or other material provided through the service or on the internet generally. We make no warranty or guarantee that the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

We are not liable to any user or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by based on reliance upon the information contained on or provided through the service.

Users' agreement


Users will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type that infringes or violates any rights of any party.

Users will not use this site for any purpose in violation of local, state, national or international laws.

Users will not use this site as a means to distribute advertising or other unsolicited material to any third party.

Users will not post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by us in our sole discretion.

Users will not impersonate another person.

Users will not hold us or any of our affiliates, subsidiaries or parent company liable for damages including (but not limited to) loss of wages, revenue or business because of any services related to or provided by this site. The sole and exclusive remedy for dissatisfaction with the services of this site will be to stop using the Service.

Users will indemnify us and any of our parent or subsidiary companies or organizations, and any of our successors, assigns or licensees, together with any of their respective officers, directors and employees, against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of a claim by a third party relating to use of the Service, or any breach or violation of this Agreement or any other term or condition contained on the Service.

Users agree to comply with all user responsibilities and obligations as stated in these Terms of Service.

Users' representations


All site users represent and warrant that they are at least 18 years of age and that they possess the legal right and ability to agree to these Terms of Service and to use this site in accordance with these Terms of Service.

Blogs
If you use the blog feature, you agree to the following.

By posting any comments, posts or other material on the blog, you give minimaze.org the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works from, and otherwise use your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media. You also agree that you will not:

  • Post material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights
  • Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by minimaze.org in its sole discretion
  • Post advertisements or solicitations of business
  • Post chain letters or pyramid schemes
  • Impersonate another person
  • Allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments
  • Post the same note more than once or "spam"

Minimaze.org reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

  • Remove communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Terms and Conditions.
  • Terminate a user's access to the blog feature upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  • Edit or delete any communications posted on the blog feature, regardless of whether such communications violate these standards.
  • Finally, you agree that you will indemnify minimaze.org against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of a claim by a third party relating to any material you have posted.

Conflict resolution


You agree that this Agreement is entered into between you and us in the State of Oregon, United States of America, and is performed within the State of Oregon and governed by and shall be construed in all respects under the laws of the State of Oregon, exclusive of its choice of law or conflict of laws provisions. In any claim or action by you directly or indirectly arising under this Agreement or related to the Service, you and we each irrevocably agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the Oregon State District Court, or if such court does not have subject matter jurisdiction, then you and we each irrevocably agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the United States Court for the District of Oregon, and whichever of those two courts has jurisdiction, you and we each waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such court.

If any of the provisions of this Agreement are held to be not enforceable by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction, then such provisions shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this Agreement shall otherwise remain in full force and effect.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us relating to the access and use of the site and any of its services. This Agreement may not be modified, in whole or in part, except as described elsewhere in this Agreement. Anything contained on the Service inconsistent with or conflicting with the terms of this Agreement is superseded by the terms of this Agreement.

User name and password


In the event you access any service requiring a user name and password, you are solely responsible for keeping such user name and password strictly confidential.

External links


Please note that pages of this site may be linked to other sites which may have different terms of use. The minimaze.org does not own, control, manage, supervise, direct or otherwise have any involvement in the business or affairs of ay third party site. Minimaze.org is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the third party site. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. Minimaze.org encourage you to be aware when you are leaving minimaze.org site to read the privacy statements of each and every website that you visit before providing any personally identifiable information.

Unapproved uses of medications, equipment and procedures


Be aware that many therapies commonly used for AF are not approved by the FDA for treatment of atrial fibrillation (“off label use”). These include:
  • Medications not approved for use in AF
  • Catheters not approved for ablation of AF
  • Surgical tools not approved for treatment of AF
  • Surgical and non-surgical procedures not approved for treatment of AF

The user agrees that the description of these herein does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of unapproved or “off-label” uses of medications, equipment or procedures.

Trademarks and copyrights


All trademarks, service marks, and logos or copyrights displayed and used in this site are the property of their respective owners. Nothing in this site should be construed as granting any right or license to use any trademark without the written permission of its owner.

By using this website, you accept these terms.