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Why Yoga Is Powerful

…that just three yoga classes a week can cut episodes of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib)—by half! This is huge news since these abnormal heart rhythms affect roughly 2.2 million Americans. To get their findings, the researchers compared atrial fibrillation episodes and quality of life among 49 patients…

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The Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

…about from my readers is the symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF). That’s not a surprise since more than 2.2 million Americans have this cardiovascular problem. But there’s two things you need to understand if you have AF… * Uncontrolled symptoms of atrial fibrillation (episodes longer than 24 hours…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…from a stroke if you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or had an extensive heart attack (scar tissue weakens contraction of the left ventricle, which may allow blood to stagnate and clot). Blood thinners are also prescribed for atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valves, and prevention…

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Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and PACs

…relatively gradual slowing and speeding of the heart, like your foot on the gas pedal on normal traffic. Premature Atrial Contractions (PACs) As for PACs, this is an abbreviation for a premature atrial contraction generated by the SA node, or perhaps another electrical cell in the atria outside the usual conduction…

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The Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

…your heart by causing atrial fibrillation. They cited research presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association where 132,000 adults in Utah with an average of 52 were followed by 20 months. What they didn’t reveal is that those who had an increased risk of atrial fibrillation were a tiny…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…contracts prematurely. A premature atrial contraction is when the atrium (one of the two top chambers of the heart) contracts prematurely. We frequently see PVCs in women who have mitral valve prolapse. These irregularities are usually not a problem for healthy people. Atrial fibrillation is another cardiac…

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Calcium Channel Blockers 101

…grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Caution: Be careful when you combine calcium channel blockers with digoxin for treatment of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Some of the calcium-channel blockers can increase the digoxin in your blood to dangerous levels. This can cause nausea, vomiting, loss…

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The SA Node: An Intrinsic Heart Pacemaker

…Pacemaker We look first to the "sinus node," which is up atop the inside of the right atrium in the coronary "sinus," not unlike a nasal sinus. This sino-atrial node is also called the "SA node," and has the huge responsibility to stimulate each and every heart beat for a lifetime. Not even a lunch break for…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…of the time high blood pressure is the cause. But it can also happen in people with arteriosclerosis, valvular disease, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker therapy. The classic signs of VaD are slowed thinking, memory problems, confusion that often worsens at night, personality…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…blood and prevent blood clots which can cause strokes. This is especially true if you have mechanical heart valves, suffered an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. But, like any drug, Coumadin does have side effects. The major one is excessive bleeding (bleeding…

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Common Side Effects of Beta Blockers

Low-dose beta blockers are effective in treatment for atrial fibrillation and lowering blood pressure levels. They also help prevent damage to the heart when oxygen flow is reduced. Research shows that taking beta blockers following a heart attack protects against arrhythmias that can develop as a result…

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Arrhythmia Diagnosis

…so that your doctor can see what kind of arrhythmia you have. Fast heartbeats for long time periods can occur with what we medically refer to as atrial fibrillation (AF) and supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs: supraventricular identifies the source of the problem in the conduction system; tachy=fast…

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Beta Blockers 101

…comfortable prescribing them because they are among the safest of all cardiac drugs. I also use beta blockers in cases of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. This is one medication that you probably shouldn’t ditch for a natural alternative. However, if you experience undesirable side effects…

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Prevent Blood Clots

…to them). * Suffered an embolic stroke, one of three types of stroke caused by a fragment or clot of blood pumped from the heart to the brain. * Atrial fibrillation (AF), where atria fail to contract; blood forms pools and becomes sluggish. * Had an extensive heart attack (scar tissue weakens heart…

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More Good News About Chocolate and Your Heart

…piece of chocolate every few days. But, there is one caution. Caffeine in chocolate can aggravate cardiac arrhythmias such as PAC’s, PVC’s, and atrial fibrillation, so I discourage chocolate for those folks bothered by these disorders or who are diabetic. Now it’s your turn: Have you found that…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…contraindications to the procedure and cases where EECP therapy cannot be employed. * Ventricular aneurysm * Uncontrolled arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation or multiple premature ventricular ectopic beats * Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels * Coumadin or other anticoagulation therapy…

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Your Smartphone Is a Portable ECG Machine

…throw your heart out of rhythm, or aggravate an arrhythmia you may be experiencing. * While getting a quick look at your electrocardiogram may detect atrial fibrillation, a remote ECG transmission can also miss that arrhythmia if your heart is going in and out of a normal rhythm. * A single ECG will not…

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