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AHA: A Call for Deeper Understanding of AFib

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 11 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Blood Thinners May Also Protect Brains of A-Fib Patients

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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. ...

Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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," ...

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

Posted 26 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Kidney Disease May Boost Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests. Chronic kidney disease can as much as double a patient's risk of atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke or heart failure, said lead researcher Dr. Nisha Bansal. She is an associate professor of ...

Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Working long hours might do more than exhaust you – it could also raise your risk of a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder, a new British study finds. "These findings show that long working hours are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia," said study leader Mika Kivimaki, a professor of ...

Early Care by Cardiologist May Lower Stroke Risk for A-Fib Patients

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder who receive a cardiologist's care soon after diagnosis are less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that increases the risk of stroke and other complications. It affects between 3 million and 5 million Americans. Researchers from Stanford ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Eliquis (apixaban) 5 mg tablets: Recall One Lot- Bottle labeled as Eliquis 5 mg was found to contain Eliquis 2.5 mg tablets

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is voluntarily recalling one lot (#HN0063) of Eliquis 5 mg tablets to the consumer level. This lot was distributed nationwide in the U.S. to wholesalers and retail pharmacies in February 2017. Bristol-Myers Squibb is taking this precautionary measure based on a customer complaint that a bottle labeled as Eliquis 5 mg was found to contain Eliquis 2.5 mg tablets. ...

Snake Venom May One Day Help Heart Patients

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Scary pit vipers may need an image upgrade: Their venom might end up helping human heart patients, research suggests. Taiwanese scientists say a blood thinner drug based on venom from the Wagler's pit viper was effective in mice, and might prove safer than current anti-clotting meds for humans one day. The serpent-medicine connection isn't new, one cardiologist noted, ...

Are Many A-Fib Patients Getting Wrong Doses?

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Nearly one in six Americans who takes newer blood thinners for the heart rhythm problem atrial fibrillation may not receive the proper dose, a new study suggests. A-fib is a common condition, marked by an irregular and often rapid heart beat. It's associated with a fivefold increased risk of stroke, but blood thinners reduce that risk. Many a-fib patients also have kidney ...

Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – People with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, especially if the oxygen level in their blood drops below normal, Canadian researchers report. Sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing, causes people to wake many times during the night to start breathing again. It's possible, researchers said, that disrupted sleep along ...

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