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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 the first step in establishing that these vehicles are safe for patients with cardiac devices," said Dr. Apoor Patel, a cardiologist who reviewed the findings. Patel directs cardiac electrophysiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He believes the study will "need to be replicated [in] other vehicles," but also noted that "the Tesla generated the most electrical activity during charging." The new study was led by Drs. Thein Tun Aung and Abdul Wase, of Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, ... Read more

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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 glycyrrhizin, derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, which can lead to abnormal heart rhythms as well as high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy and congestive heart failure, the FDA said. After one stops eating black licorice, potassium levels typically return to normal and there are no permanent health problems, according to the agency. The FDA offered the following advice for people who enjoy black licorice. No matter your age, don't eat large ... Read more

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Bystander CPR Helps Save Brain Function After Near-Drowning

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – Near-drowning victims are more likely to recover with good brain function if bystanders immediately begin chest compressions rather than wait for emergency personnel to arrive, researchers report. "What we found is that when bystanders begin CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] before emergency personnel arrive, the person has a higher chance of leaving the hospital and leading a life reasonably close to the one they had before the drowning," said study leader Dr. Joshua Tobin. He is an associate professor of clinical anesthesiology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Drowning claims about 10 lives a day in the United States, the study authors said in a school news release. The new study included more than 900 cases of people who suffered cardiac arrest after almost drowning. "When we talk about cardiac arrest, there's no doubt that ... Read more

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Taller, Bigger Women May Face Irregular Heartbeat Risk

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Big or tall women are nearly three times as likely to develop the dangerous irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation as smaller women, a preliminary study says. The larger a woman's body size as a young adult, the more likely she is to develop the heart disorder later in life, according to the researchers. "There was a stepwise elevation in risk with increasing body size," said study author Dr. Annika Rosengren. "The group with the highest body surface area had nearly three times the risk as those with the lowest body surface area," added Rosengren, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that develops in the atria – the two upper chambers of the heart. The quivering heartbeat increases risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart rhythm problems, according to the ... Read more

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Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, the agency provides a brief glossary of terms that might come in handy when a doctor recommends a cardiac tool: Heart pacemakers: These small, battery-powered devices are implanted in the body. They deliver an electric shock to restore normal heart rhythm when the heart beats too slowly. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: These deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm when the heart beats too fast. Automated external defibrillators: These portable, automatic devices are found in many public locations. ... Read more

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ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – ATMs and coffee shops may be among the best spots to place lifesaving defibrillators, a new study suggests. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can be used by a layperson to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. But to do that, they have to be readily accessible. The new study tried to locate where AEDs could potentially save the most lives. Focusing on Toronto, the Canadian researchers found that many of the city's cardiac arrest emergencies happened near coffee shop chains, such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks, and ATMs connected to large banks. In fact, those businesses accounted for eight of the top 10 hot spots. While the study looked only at Toronto, lead researcher Timothy Chan thinks the findings would likely extend to other cities. Both ATMs and chain coffee shops are ubiquitous, said Chan, who directs the University of ... Read more

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MRIs Can Be Safe for People With Heart Devices …

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – People with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators have long been told they can't undergo MRI scans. But a new study suggests that it can be safely done – under the right conditions. The study, published in the Feb. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on patients with standard heart devices not designed to be MRI-compatible. The study found that even for them, an MRI can be safely performed, when a specific protocol is followed. "I think this really opens a door for these patients to have an MRI when medically indicated," said lead researcher Dr. Robert Russo, of the Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, Calif. The big caveat, though, is that patients in the study were all screened and went through a specific protocol. An expert in cardiac devices – a doctor, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner – had to be present during ... Read more

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Shocks From Implanted Defibrillators Trigger Health Costs of Their Own

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – While implanted defibrillators can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a heart that's beating erratically, patients often wind up in the emergency room or the hospital needing medical procedures afterwards, a new study shows. That was the case whether the shock was needed or not, and in 38 percent of cases it wasn't, the researchers added. "I see two implications," said study co-author Dr. Matthew Reynolds. "First, we need to do all we can to minimize these shock events, which are known to negatively affect patients' quality of life, are undesirable clinically and, in our study, trigger costly medical interventions." These procedures include invasive measures to test the heart's function, according to the study. "Second, there is no standard approach to managing these events . . . so we need to develop a better understanding of which interventions are ... Read more

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'Ablation' Procedure Helps 3 out of 4 Patients With Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Just how successful is the procedure called catheter ablation at fixing irregular heartbeats that can be potentially fatal? Pretty successful, a new study found, but there are caveats. Burning or freezing specific areas of the heart can alleviate the common irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation in 74 percent of patients. However, the procedure doesn't work for everyone and there are risks of complications, researchers report. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of early death by two times in women and 1.5 times in men. It causes 20 to 30 percent of all strokes and can decrease quality of life due to palpitations, shortness of breath, tiredness, weakness and psychological distress, the study authors explained. About 2.7 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation, according to the American Heart Association. For those whose atrial ... Read more

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Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Seniors: Study

Posted 18 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Seniors who receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) have high survival rates, a new study finds. An ICD – which is placed under the skin and connected to the heart with wires – detects an irregular heartbeat and delivers an electrical shock to restore normal rhythm. In the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 12,400 Medicare patients, aged 65 and older, who received an ICD after sudden cardiac arrest or a nearly fatal fast heart rhythm. Nearly 80 percent of the patients survived two years after receiving the implanted device, according to the study published Jan. 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. More than 65 percent of the patients were hospitalized during the two years after receiving an ICD. Rates ranged from 60.5 percent among those younger than age 70 to 71.5 percent among those 80 and older. About 13 ... Read more

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Heart Rate Change When Standing Up Might Predict Older Adult's Death Risk

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – Tracking the change in an older adult's heart rate when they stand up might reveal their risk of death over the next several years, a new study suggests. As the researchers explained, when people stand up their heart rate initially increases, and then recovers. The speed of that heart rate recovery in the 20 seconds after standing predicted an older adult's risk of dying within the next four years, according to a team at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. "The speed of heart rate recovery in response to standing is an important marker of health and vitality that could be assessed quite readily in a clinical setting such as a hospital," study lead author Dr. Cathal McCrory said in a college news release. One cardiologist in the United States believes the new test has promise. "Changes in heart rate during specific activities is a normal response," said Dr. ... Read more

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Trouble Sleeping Tied to Higher Risk for Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – There may be yet another reason to try and get a good night's sleep: New research ties poor sleep to a higher odds for a dangerous irregular heartbeat. The condition in question is called atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia that is strongly tied to an increased risk for clotting and strokes. Now, two studies suggest that trouble getting your Zzzs may raise the risk for atrial fibrillation. One cardiologist who reviewed the studies said the theory may have merit. While neither study could prove cause-and-effect, changes in a person's physiology by a "disturbed sleep cycle may be the mechanism for development and recurrence of atrial fibrillation," said Dr. Jianqing Li. She's a cardiologist at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. In one study, a team led by Dr. Gregory Marcus of the University of California, San Francisco, tracked data from ... Read more

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Health Tip: What Could Trigger Heart Palpitations?

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Heart palpitations are irregular heartbeats that should be observed by a doctor without delay. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says triggers may include: Feeling strong emotions. Engaging in strenuous activity. Taking certain medications, including decongestants or diet pills. Taking illegal drugs or consuming nicotine, caffeine or alcohol. Having certain medical conditions, including anemia or thyroid disease. Read more

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No Link Between Caffeine, Irregular Heartbeat in Heart Failure Patient Study

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Contrary to common belief, coffee doesn't seem to increase the risk of irregular heartbeats in people with heart failure, according to a small Brazilian study. "Our data reassures that most patients with heart disease might drink moderate doses of caffeine-rich beverages with no major risks," said lead researcher Dr. Luis Rohde. He's from the division of cardiology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre. Caffeine-rich beverages have long been suspected of causing several heart-related symptoms, such as palpitations or rapid or irregular heartbeats, Rohde said. "Because of this assumption, counseling to reduce or avoid caffeine consumption is still widely recommended in clinical practice by most physicians for patients with any heart disease," he said. But Rohde's team found no link between caffeine and abnormal heartbeats in the short ... Read more

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People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – People who have an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD) to control an irregular heartbeat appear to have more car accidents than similarly aged people without such devices, a new Danish study finds. Overall, Danish drivers with ICDs were 51 percent more likely to be involved in a traffic accident over the two-and-a-half years of the study. But the findings aren't necessarily a reason to tighten restrictions on these drivers, since the absolute risk of any one ICD-using driver being involved in an accident remained very low – around 1 percent a year. The issue is a tough one, said study lead author Dr. Jenny Bjerre, a physician at Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital in Copenhagen. "On the one side, as physicians we need to take public road safety into consideration when we assess if these patients are medically fit to drive," she said. "But we also have to ... Read more

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