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

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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

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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 ...

Years of Football Could Harm the Heart

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – A lifetime spent playing football has been linked to brain damage, but the game also may lead to serious heart problems, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that former National Football League players have a five-times greater chance of developing heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation, than the general public. The other study found ...

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation – the common irregular heartbeat – might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the condition. It's known that atrial fibrillation, which is common with advancing age, raises the odds of blood clots, stroke and heart failure. While ...

Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers found that when patients received the heart procedure, their risk of dying in the next few years was roughly half that of patients who took standard medications alone. Experts said the findings, published Feb. 1 in the New ...

With A-Fib, Urban Hospitals May Be a Better Bet

Posted 11 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – The chance of dying from a common heart rhythm disorder is higher for people treated at rural rather than urban hospitals, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed data from hospitalizations for the heart ailment known as atrial fibrillation – or a-fib – in the United States between 2012 and 2014. A-fib can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other ...

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

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests. Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It's typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Now, Norwegian investigators say it may also protect against any type of ...

Blood Thinners May Also Protect Brains of A-Fib Patients

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Blood thinners may pull double duty for people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation: New research suggests they help prevent dementia as well as stroke. Because atrial fibrillation increases the risk for stroke, people with the condition are often prescribed blood thinners (also known as anticoagulants) to prevent blood clots that can cause a stroke. ...

Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. That's the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic and cause an irregular heartbeat, which increases the risk of blood clots that can cause stroke ...

Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – New anti-clotting drugs – like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis – aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds. Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs – called venous thromboembolism (VTE) – or have the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to help prevent life-threatening ...

A-Fib Hits Men Earlier Than Women

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Men develop a dangerous type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation a decade earlier than women, a new study suggests. And while being overweight increased odds for the condition in both sexes, those extra pounds were more troublesome for males, the German researchers found. "It's crucial to better understand modifiable risk factors of atrial fibrillation," ...

Death Risk From Triathlons May Be Higher Than Thought

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Could some triathlon participants be pushing themselves too hard? New research suggests the odds that an athlete will die during these tests of endurance are higher than previously believed. "We identified a total of 135 deaths and cardiac arrests in U.S. triathlons from the inception of the sport in 1985 through 2016," said study lead author Dr. Kevin Harris. Most were ...

Undiagnosed Heart Condition 'AFib' May Be Common, Study Suggests

Posted 26 Aug 2017 by

SATURDAY, Aug. 26, 2017 – Many people at risk for atrial fibrillation probably do have the irregular heart rhythm but have not been diagnosed, a new study reports. Nearly 1 out of 3 patients in the study had undetected atrial fibrillation that was caught only through the use of long-term cardiac monitor implants, researchers say. Based on these results, it's likely there's probably a lot more ...

Nurses Learn How to Get Patients to Say 'Yes' to Blood Thinners

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Online training for nurses increased hospital patients' use of medication that can prevent potentially deadly blood clots, a new study reveals. Nurses sometimes won't give the blood thinning drugs if patients don't want them. So researchers developed the training to teach nurses how to respond when patients say they don't want to take blood thinners. The study included ...

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