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AHA: A Call for Deeper Understanding of AFib

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not. But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that – and a new scientific statement, published April 16 in the American Heart Association's journal ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

Looking for Online Advice on Your Heart Device? Beware

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 7, 2018 – Folks using online message boards to learn more about their heart implant should take any advice they come across with a grain of salt. Researchers report it's as likely as not the guidance they find will be bogus. About half of the advice related to heart implants found on an anonymous online board was either erroneous, controversial or not specific enough for people ...

Smartwatch App Might Help Detect A-Fib

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Smartwatches already can help you track your heart rate. Someday they may also help detect a serious heart rhythm irregularity known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests. "Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world," said study lead author Dr. Gregory Marcus. With atrial fibrillation, "the top chambers of the heart, called ...

Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds. The defibrillator – housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin – continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for medical care if needed. If a ...

Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Your wireless heart implant suddenly goes on the fritz, either conking out completely or causing your heart to beat rapidly or irregularly. Could you be the victim of a hacking attack aimed at endangering your life by messing with your heart device? It happened on the "Homeland" TV series, when Islamic terrorists hacked the heart pacemaker of the vice president of the ...

Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances of being hospitalized for heart failure were 49 percent greater for kidney disease patients with an implanted defibrillator than for those who did not ...

MRIs Safe With Older Pacemakers, Study Finds

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices. Researchers tested the safety of MRIs on more than 1,500 people who had older pacemakers or implantable defibrillators – called legacy devices – that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated in triathlons, which involve sequential endurance competitions of swimming, cycling and running. The researchers found ...

Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is ...

Don't OD on Black Licorice This Halloween, FDA Warns

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Black licorice candy may be more trick than treat for adults, according to a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning. For people 40 and older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could trigger an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and other troubles, the agency warned in advance of Halloween. Black licorice contains a compound called ...

Wrongly Focusing On The Airway Can Cost Athletes' Lives in Cardiac Arrest

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Athletes are dying from cardiac arrests that occur during play because teammates, coaches and other bystanders don't know how to best save their lives, a new study claims. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) applied immediately can give these athletes a fighting chance, but onlookers failed to provide CPR in three out of five cases, according to a review of more than ...

Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical ...

Early Care by Cardiologist May Lower Stroke Risk for A-Fib Patients

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder who receive a cardiologist's care soon after diagnosis are less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that increases the risk of stroke and other complications. It affects between 3 million and 5 million Americans. Researchers from Stanford ...

Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – If your heart stops suddenly while you're on the job, would your co-workers be able to help? Don't bet your life on it. Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys find most American workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. Half have no idea where to find a defibrillator to deliver a shock to try to restore normal heart rhythm to someone suffering cardiac arrest. "The ...

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