Tag: Atrial fibrillation

Apple Watch Can Accurately Detect Irregular Heartbeats, Huge Stanford Study Finds

Stanford University and Apple Inc. release the preliminary findings of the Apple Heart Study. Among over 400,000 participants, the Apple Watch detects a possible atrial fibrillation in 0.5 percent of the users.

Wearable Tech March 17, 2019

Medications And Surgery For Atrial Fibrillation Similarly Effective Says Study

Researchers found that catheter fibrillation, an invasive procedure, significantly improves a patient's quality of life. However, when it comes to preventing stroke and cardiac failure, it is not more effective than drug therapy.

Medicine March 16, 2019

New Guidelines Steer Doctors Away From Prescribing Warfarin For Atrial Fibrillation

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued a new guideline that encourages the use of novel oral anticoagulants for patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation. The drug warfarin should only be prescribed to some patients.

Medicine January 29, 2019

Researchers Pin Down Biomarkers That Could Speed Up Detection Of Heart Problems

New research identified biomarkers that could predict atrial fibrillation or AF. Through blood testing, doctors can screen patients for the heart condition and, therefore, reduce the risk of stroke.

Public Health January 8, 2019

Largest Genetic Study Establishes Hereditary Links To Atrial Fibrillation To Explore Treatment Options

Scientists are exploring new ways to develop cardiovascular therapies using human genomics data. Atrial fibrillation is linked to lifestyle factors and genetic predisposition, and it affects more than 33 million people worldwide.

Public Health June 13, 2018

Apple Watch Potentially Saves Life Of UK Man With Undiagnosed Heart Problem

An Apple Watch user from the United Kingdom was prompted by his device about his heart rate. Even though he felt fine, a quick visit to the hospital revealed an underlying symptom he was unaware of.

Apple May 30, 2018

Pain Relievers Like Prescription-Strength Ibuprofen May Increase Risk Of Irregular Heartbeat

Selective NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen, naproxen, or meloxicam were linked to an 18 percent higher risk of irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation. Should people stop taking these pain relievers to treat body ache and pain?

Medicine March 22, 2018

Love Chocolates? Regular Consumption Could Reduce Risk Of Irregular Heart Rhythm

A study concluded that regularly eating chocolates in moderation may help lower atrial fibrillation or heart flutter risk. Researchers found that consumption of two servings of chocolate per week reduced the risk by over 20 percent.

Public Health May 24, 2017

Smartphone App Developed To Detect Dangerous Arrhythmia With Existing Hardware

Atrial fibrillation is a serious arrhythmic condition that puts individuals at high risk of strokes. Now, researchers have discovered a simpler way to detect it, using just a smartphone app to check for the condition.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 29, 2016

Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Stroke Risk Often Prescribed Wrong Medicine

Nearly 40 percent of patients with heart problem that can cause stroke are prescribed the wrong medicine. Why are atrial fibrillation patients treated with aspirin and not the recommended blood thinner?

Medicine June 20, 2016

Monitoring Heart Rhythm With Smartphone App May Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients Take Blood-Thinning Drugs As Needed

Monitoring heart rhythm using a smartphone app may help atrial fibrillation patients limit daily blood-thinner intake. Positive clinical results were seen after 18 months.

Medicine May 8, 2016

Risk For Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation Rises As Temperature Drops: Study

A new study suggests that being exposed to cooler temperatures increases the risk of people experiencing heart failure or atrial fibrillation. Sufferers are more likely to be hospitalized for these ailments during winter months than in summer months.

Public Health May 7, 2016

Use Of Heart Drug Warfarin Linked To Dementia Risk In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with blood thinner warfarin were found to have higher rates of dementia. How can patients reduce risks?

Medicine May 6, 2016

Fitbit Tracker Likely Saved This Man's Life, Leading Doctors To Shock His Heart Back To Normal

A 42-year-old man reached the E.R. with atrial fibrillation following a seizure. Doctors faced a tough decision, but the patient's Fitbit tracker saved the day and likely, his life, leading doctors to shock the man's heart back to normal.

Life April 11, 2016

Fire And Ice Study Shows Similar Efficacy And Safety Of Radiofrequency, Cryoballoon Ablation

Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm, could pose serious complications that is why urgent treatment is needed. There are two established treatment procedures for this condition and a new study suggests that they are both safe and effective.

Life April 7, 2016

Loss Of Partner Can Literally Break Your Heart, Increase Risk Of Heart Failure

A new study in Denmark found that grieving individuals who lost a spouse or partner are at higher risk of stroke, heart failure or heart attack. The link can be traced to irregular heartbeat, researchers said.

Life April 7, 2016

Yoga Can Improve Life Quality Of People With Abnormal Heart Rhythm

Yoga may provide benefits to patients with an abnormal heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. A new study showed that those who did yoga scored higher in mental tests, had lower blood pressure and heart rate, and felt generally better after the experiment.

Life March 15, 2016

Irregular Heartbeat Poses Greater Health Risk To Women: Women With Atrial Fibrillation Likely To Have Heart Disease

Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm, was found as a greater risk factor for strokes, heart disease, and death in women than in men. The cause, however, remains unclear.

Life January 20, 2016

Brisk Walking 25 Minutes A Day Delays Ageing And Adds Seven Years To Life

Health experts recommended daily walking of at least 20 to 25 minutes that involve brisk walking and slow jogging saying that exercise can reduce ageing and increase average lifespan.

Life August 31, 2015

Blood thinner drug Dabigatran (Pradaxa) may up risk of bleeding

Compared to warfarin, dabigatran has been shown to increase risks of bleeding in patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. It’s more inconvenient but this makes warfarin safer to use.

Life November 7, 2014

Irregular heartbeat may lead to silent strokes

Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) could lead to silent strokes, which could lead to several other health problems, a new study finds.

Life November 4, 2014

Fish oil not effective in reducing irregular heartbeat: Study

Latest study shows that fish oil supplements do not reduce atrial fibrillation. It is a type of heartbeat in which the heart beats irregularly fast at 150 beats per minute.

Life October 16, 2014

Popular blood thinner Pradaxa maker withheld critical safety data

Boehringer Ingelheim is in hot water for allegedly withholding data that could have prevented up to 40 percent of deaths and adverse reactions associated with use of its blood thinner drug Pradaxa.

Life July 26, 2014

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