Atrial-Fibrillation

The Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

…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 subset…

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3 Times Conventional Treatments Trump Alternative Medicine

…above, the benefits of statin medications can far outweigh the risks—and even prove lifesaving. 2. If you have a prosthetic heart valve or atrial fibrillation with a leaky valve or enlarged left atrium, you must take Coumadin. There is no adequate blood-thinning substitute if you have those conditions…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…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 of…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…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 changes…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…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 gums…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

…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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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

…syncope, brief loss of consciousness (LOC) and had tachycardia (abrupt, rapid heartbeat). * Two people had a heart attack. * One person developed atrial fibrillation. That was 1970. Then, in 2010 Canadian Magda Havas confirmed that 20% of healthy subjects developed cardiac arrhythmias when provoked by a cell…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…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 arrhythmia that often develops with aging, where the heart “regularly irregular,” though you may not feel it. Can Cardiac…

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Winter Survival for Your Body and Mind

…rate * Enhancing your heart rate variability In fact, research has shown that doing three yoga sessions a week can help to reduce episodes of atrial fibrillation by 50%. I hope you can make yoga part of your winter routine, and can plan to join me June 28-30 at Kripalu. We expect a larger attendance this…

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Dark Chocolate Can Be Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

…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 chocolate…

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Yoga for Heart Health: Why It's Powerful Medicine

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

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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 * Aortic…

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Your Smartphone Is a Portable ECG Machine

…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 show an…

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