Health News

Women, Get Your Heartbeat Checked
Women's hearts are not the same as men's when it comes to a condition called atrial fibrillation (Afib).
The Antidote for Blood Thinners
Bleeding can be a major concern for patients taking blood thinners. But what if the effects of these drugs could be safely reversed in an emergency situation?
How to Choose an Anticoagulant
If you need to take an anticoagulant — popularly known as a blood thinner — you don’t want it to cause bleeding, but some might raise your bleeding risk. 
Treating Troubled Sleep to Treat a Troubled Heart
Irregular breathing from sleep apnea has been linked to the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. Treating sleep apnea, however, may lower the risk of atrial fibrillation happening again.
This Device Could Predict Strokes
After a stroke, getting the right treatment is important to avoid another one. When the cause of the stroke is unknown, doctors must rely on certain tools to determine the best treatment.
Exercise, Diet May Keep Arrhythmia in Check
The world’s most common heart rhythm disorder may increase the odds of stroke, dementia and other health problems. A heart-healthy lifestyle, however, may reduce these risks.
Pain Relievers Posed Bleeding Risk for Some Patients
NSAIDs are often a go-to treatment for minor aches and pains. But patients with atrial fibrillation may want to have another talk with their doctor about whether these medications are the best option.
Treatment for Irregular Heartbeat May Raise Dementia Risk
For people with irregular heartbeats, the anti-clotting medication warfarin can prevent strokes. But, combined with other medications over a long period of time, it may cause other health problems.
Device May Offer Alternative to Rx for Arrhythmia
A new device may offer an alternative to anti-clotting medication for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).
Abnormal Heartbeat Rx May Pose Major Bleeding Risk
When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved dabigatran in 2010, it highlighted the medication's ability to prevent stroke. Since then, some have raised concerns that the blood-thinning medication may cause severe bleeding.