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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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Selective Beta Blockers Boost Conventional Medicine

I’m often asked if there’s a natural alternative to selective beta blockers, especially in cases where a patient has atrial fibrillation. Believe it or not, this is the one of the few times I feel conventional medicine trumps natural alternatives. Selective beta blockers are cardiology workhorses…

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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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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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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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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

…have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and tobacco use, all of which are independent risk factors for stroke) * High blood pressure * Atrial fibrillation * High inflammation marker scores, such as CRP, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and Lp(a) While the symptoms some strokes are easy to recognize—weakness…

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Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

…your turn: Have you, or someone you know, gotten a heart pacemaker and found it made a difference? You May Also Be Interested In * When People with Atrial Fibrillation Need Heart Pacemakers * Bad Vibrations Can Hurt Your Heart

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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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Dark Chocolate Can Be Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

…enjoy the benefits of chocolate. 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 added dark…

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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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