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A-Fib Can Raise Dementia Risk, Even in Absence of Stroke

Posted 19 Jun 2019 by

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 – Many aging Americans have the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib." Now comes the sobering news that it might raise their odds for dementia. The Korean study couldn't prove cause and effect, but researchers noted that the link between a-fib and dementia was found even among people who hadn't suffered a stroke. A-fib is a known and potent...

Another Use for Beta Blockers? Curbing A-fib

Posted 4 Jun 2019 by

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 – People whose heart rhythm problems stem from stress and anger may benefit from taking beta blocker drugs, a new study suggests. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is a common type of heart rhythm disorder sometimes triggered by stress and negative emotions. Beta blockers are drugs that block the effects of adrenaline and related substances. "While patients often describe anger...

AHA News: A Stroke at 50 Altered Woman's Life, But Not Her Family's Love

Posted 29 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Steve Andersen was fast asleep, tuckered out after a weekend of camping with the grandsons, when he heard his wife, Liz, frantically calling his name. "Steve, I can't get off the toilet," she called out. Liz was unable to walk because her left leg was limp. With Steve supporting her left side, she hopped on her right foot and dragged...

'Zap' Ear Clip May Ease A-Fib

Posted 10 May 2019 by

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 – Imagine if all it took to treat the heart condition atrial fibrillation was clipping a small device to your ear for an hour a day? That futuristic scenario could soon be a reality, according to a new study. In a small, early trial, the researchers found the device – which emits a mild electric current – appears to be effective at controlling atrial fibrillation (a-fib)...

Weight-Loss Surgery Boosts Success of Procedure to Fix A-Fib

Posted 8 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 – Profoundly obese people are prone to an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, but new research suggests that weight-loss surgery can improve the odds that a procedure to restore a normal heart rhythm will work. When atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, cannot be controlled by medications, a procedure called ablation can help. It targets the nerves in the heart...

Your Apple Watch Might Help Spot a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 18 Mar 2019 by

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 – Someday soon, devices like the Apple Watch might be monitoring wearers for heart conditions such as potentially dangerous atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. Atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib," is a common form of irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart problems. It affects up to 6 million Americans, but many people...

Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Posted 15 Mar 2019 by

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 – Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib," and they're typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation and medicines perform similarly in protecting a-fib patients from stroke, death...

Low-Carb Diets Linked to Higher Odds for A-Fib

Posted 6 Mar 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 – Keto, Paleo, Atkins – there's no shortage of low-carb diets to try, but new research suggests that over time, living low-carb can raise your risk of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, or a-fib. People who regularly got fewer than 45 percent of their calories from carbohydrates were 18 percent more likely to develop a-fib than people who ate a moderate...

Everyday 'Triggers' May Bring on A-Fib Episodes, Study Finds

Posted 14 Feb 2019 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 – Many older Americans are diagnosed with the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib." Now, research suggests that everyday foods, drinks or activities might trigger episodes of the stroke-linked condition. The bad news: Triggers include coffee, alcohol and sleepless nights. The good news: These factors can all be avoided or reduced, according to...

'Extreme' Exercise No Danger to Middle-Aged Hearts: Study

Posted 30 Jan 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 – Middle-aged men who partake in extreme exercise are not putting their heart health at risk, a new study contends. Aging athletes who do eight or more hours a week of vigorous exercise have no greater risk of early death than people who work out less often, researchers found. Extreme exercise included activities such as fast running or biking, as well as competitive...

Breast Cancer May Bring Higher Odds for A-fib, Too

Posted 29 Jan 2019 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 – Women diagnosed with breast cancer may face a higher risk of developing the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), Danish researchers report. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. In 2018, more than 2 million women were diagnosed with the disease. The inflammation the disease causes might increase the risk for a-fib, the...

Cardiologist Groups Say Newer Blood Thinners Best Against A-Fib

Posted 28 Jan 2019 by

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 – Newer blood thinners are recommended over warfarin for people with the heart condition called atrial fibrillation (a-fib) in updated treatment guidelines issued by three major American heart groups. The newer drugs are called non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Examples include dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and apixaban (Eliquis). They don't require...

Could Your Apple Watch Spot Dangerous A-Fib?

Posted 28 Dec 2018 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 – That shiny new Apple Watch you got this holiday could potentially alert you to heart trouble you didn't know you had. The watch contains a simple electrocardiogram (ECG) that tracks your heart rhythm and can detect the presence of atrial fibrillation ("A-fib"), an irregular heartbeat that increases your risk for stroke and heart failure. More than 400,000 Apple Watch...

Too Much Salt Might Help Spur A-Fib

Posted 7 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 – A high-salt diet could raise your risk for a common heart rhythm disorder, new research suggests. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots or other complications. It affects millions of people worldwide and puts them at higher risk for stroke and, in rare cases, can lead to heart failure. This study included 716...

Botox May Help Prevent Post-Op A-Fib

Posted 5 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – Botox has other uses beyond enhancing lips and minimizing facial wrinkles. Scientists now say it may help prevent atrial fibrillation after heart surgery. A-fib – an abnormal heart rhythm – is common after heart surgery, and it's linked to stroke and heart failure. But two new studies suggest that botox injections during surgery temporarily freeze nerve bundles in the...

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