Fibrillation

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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The Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

…electrical charges, which originate in the atria—hence the name, atrial fibrillation. These competing impulses initiate chaotic muscle contractions, so instead of contracting forcefully to move the blood out, the atria quiver or "fibrillate." This can cause a loss of up to 30 percent of the "atrial kick" that…

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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 clot…

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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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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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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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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

…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?

…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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Arrhythmia Diagnosis

…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

…* 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 tissue…

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Dark Chocolate Can Be Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

…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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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 valve…

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