Skip to Content

Join the 'Atrial Fibrillation' group to help and get support from people like you.

Atrial Fibrillation News

Related terms: A-fib, Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation, PAF, AFib, AF

Gene Test Predicts Risk of 5 Common Diseases

Posted 2 days ago by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – A new type of genetic analysis could identify millions of Americans at high risk for five serious and common diseases, researchers report. The diseases include coronary artery disease, the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and breast cancer. Researchers tested and validated the genetic risk score on data from more ...

AHA: ER Visits, Hospitalizations for AFib on the Rise

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it's contributing to "an alarming growth" in its economic burden to the country, according to a new study. Annual visits to the emergency department for this heart rhythm disorder, often called AFib, increased by ...

Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – The common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation – or a-fib – can go undetected for years. Now, research suggests a high-tech, wearable patch might spot the condition early. Use of the Zio XT wireless patch, made by iRhythm, produced "an almost threefold improvement in the rate of diagnosis of a-fib in those actively monitored compared to ...

Weight Loss May Reverse Course of Atrial Fibrillation

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 – Weight loss might help reverse progression of a common heart arrhythmia in obese adults, a new study shows. Researchers found that when obese adults with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) shed at least 10 percent of their starting weight, most saw the course of their condition reverse. More than half became a-fib-free during the study period. Experts said the findings ...

Stressed Out at Work? Your A-Fib Risk May Rise

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 – If you're feeling overwhelmed at work, you'll want to read on. Job-related stress may raise your risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers found the most stressful jobs were associated with nearly 50 percent higher odds of atrial fibrillation. Folks at greatest risk? Those in psychologically demanding ...

Obesity Might Raise Your Risk for A-fib

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Obese people are at increased risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, which can cause complications such as heart failure and stroke. That's the finding of a study that included more than 67,000 U.S. adults. Their average age was about 44, and half of them were obese. During the eight-year follow-up, 2.7 percent of the obese participants developed atrial ...

PTSD May Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 9 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – For reasons that aren't yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report. It's the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and "A-fib," which typically arises with age and is the most common type of heart rhythm problem. A-fib can raise a ...

No Sign Pot Smoking Will Trigger Irregular Heartbeat: Study

Posted 8 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – If you have suffered a heart attack, getting high on pot won't harm your heart's regular rhythm, a new study suggests. Marijuana users who have suffered a heart attack had about the same risk as nonusers of a rapid and irregular rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart, known as the ventricles, the researchers found. "We found no difference in the two populations," said ...

Electric Cars Don't Jolt Implanted Heart Devices: Study

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – People who have implanted devices to keep their hearts running smoothly can safely drive an electric car if they wish to do so, new research confirms. The study from Germany found that the technology used to power the cars won't interfere with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators. "Currently there are no data to suggest that restrictions for cardiac implantable ...

Go Nuts for Heart Health

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – The crunchy goodness of peanuts, walnuts, cashews and other nuts may be just what the cardiologist ordered, new research suggests. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the analysis of health data on more than 61,000 Swedes aged 45 and older found regularly eating nuts was tied to lower risks for heart failure and an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial ...

AHA: A Call for Deeper Understanding of AFib

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

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 16 Apr 2018 by

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 ...

AHA: Does Your Height Play a Role in Heart Risks?

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Your height may affect your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke. Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for decades. In several cases they've found connections. For instance, research suggests ...

Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that's been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests. A person's risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants, the investigators found. Previous research has linked fright and anxiety to ...

Smartwatch App Might Help Detect A-Fib

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by

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 ...

Page 1 2 3 ... Next

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups


Related Drug Support Groups

metoprolol, propranolol, Xarelto, clonidine, diltiazem, carvedilol, flecainide, digoxin, Inderal, view more... Coreg, sotalol, Multaq, rivaroxaban, propafenone, Inderal LA, Coreg CR, Rythmol, Tambocor, Lanoxin, dronedarone, Digitek, Sotalol Hydrochloride AF, Rythmol SR, edoxaban, esmolol, Betapace AF, InnoPran XL, Corvert, Brevibloc, Cardizem Monovial, Lanoxicaps, Cardoxin, ibutilide, Digox, Hemangeol, Inderal XL, Sotylize, Savaysa