Atrial Fibrillation

What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…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 arrhythmia…

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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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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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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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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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Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

…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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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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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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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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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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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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