Atrial-Fibrillation

The Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

…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, or…

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Calcium Channel Blockers 101

…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 of appetite…

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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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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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Prevent Blood Clots to Prevent Stroke

…history * Men * History of heart attack and/or stroke * Medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure levels, vascular disease, atrial fibrillation, and sickle cell anemia * Drug/alcohol abuse * Poor diet * Sedentary lifestyle * Living in the southeast US (“stroke belt”) * Low socioeconomic…

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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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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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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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Arrhythmia Diagnosis

…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, cardia…

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Beta Blockers 101

…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, tell…

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Prevent Blood Clots

…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 muscle…

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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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