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E-Alerts Dramatically Cut Heart Attack Rate for People Hospitalized With A-Fib

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SUNDAY, Nov. 11, 2018 – A simple pop-up alert on a computer screen could help save the brains and hearts of many hospital-bound people with an irregular heartbeat, a new clinical trial reveals. Rates for heart attack and stroke plunged by close to 90 percent in people helped by the new program, the study found. The computer alert warns doctors of the high stroke risk borne by individual patients ...

Opioid Use May Sometimes Trigger A-Fib

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Opioid users may be putting themselves at increased risk for atrial fibrillation ("A-fib"), an abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to a stroke, a new study suggests. The preliminary finding stems from an analysis of medical records of more than 850,000 military veterans. It found that opioid use increases the likelihood of A-fib by 34 percent. "We all know that the opioid ...

Daylight Saving Time Tied to Rise in A-Fib Hospitalizations

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – When Americans set clocks an hour ahead in the spring for Daylight Saving Time, hospitalizations rise for people with a common type of irregular heartbeat, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation affects at least 3 million Americans and possibly twice that many. Its main danger is an increased risk for stroke or heart failure, the study authors pointed out. Researchers – ...

A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

Posted 10 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – A common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, may speed up mental decline in older adults, new research suggests. If you have atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, your heart beats irregularly. This means blood can pool and form clots that go to the brain, causing a stroke. The good news from this study: Blood thinners can reduce the odds for stroke and maybe delay or ...

Don't Overlook Heart Care After Cancer Diagnosis

Posted 9 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 – Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate. Failure to take anti-clotting drugs can put these patients at increased risk of stroke, the researchers said. "Overall, our data suggest ...

AHA: Missouri Woman Puts Health First After AFib Diagnosis

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Alice Hinrichs woke up feeling miserable. She was exhausted, nauseated and her left arm hurt. She thought she was sick, so she called her doctor's office for an appointment. Instead, her doctor urged her to go to a hospital in case her symptoms were warnings for a heart attack. There, she was stunned to learn she had several serious health ...

AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study suggests. Past studies have shown that anxiety, distress and depression are common among people with AFib. The new Australian study, published Tuesday in the ...

AHA: Apple's Smartwatch Has a Heart Monitor Now

Posted 13 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – There will soon be another way to monitor your heart – from your wrist. The Apple Watch 4 that was unveiled Wednesday will include electrocardiogram testing. Often referred to as an EKG or ECG, this is how health care providers check the electrical signals in a patient's heart. To a layman, these are the squiggly lines across a monitor. ...

Study Finds Some Patients With A-Fib Have Hidden Brain Damage

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – In a new study of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), 4 in 10 had previously undetected brain damage, though none had a history of stroke or mini-stroke. This brain damage could put them at risk for mental decline and dementia, researchers said. Their study included nearly 1,400 patients in Switzerland, average age 72, who had atrial ...

Gene Test Predicts Risk of 5 Common Diseases

Posted 14 Aug 2018 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 ...

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