Atrial FibrillationInfo Center
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.
Irregular Heartbeat May Raise Risk for Silent Stroke
Millions of patients may have strokes each year and not realize it. These “silent” strokes can cause memory loss but have no outward symptoms. And those with atrial fibrillation may be especially at risk.
Diabetes May Affect Young and Old Differently
Diabetes affects millions in the US. But new research suggests that it may affect patients in different ways.
Rx for Heart Surgery Raised Some Concerns
After heart surgery, a patient may experience fever, chest pain and inflammation. Colchicine has been shown to decrease those symptoms, but the medicine may lead to other complications.
Exercise May Prevent Dangerous Irregular Heartbeats
An out-of-sync heartbeat can have dangerous health consequences. But exercise may offer a prevention method.
Jobs May Affect Heart Health
Factors like diet and exercise affect cardiovascular health. But where you work might also affect heart health.
Global Sodium Intake Exceeded Recommendations
Salt is a pantry staple and an ingredient present in many recipes. But too much of the seasoning can lead to high blood pressure and the potential for other serious heart conditions.
Irregular Heartbeat Before Surgery May Raise Stroke Risk
Being hospitalized for surgery is enough to make the heart race. And new research suggests an abnormal heartbeat prior to surgery may raise the risk of stroke.
Faster Atrial Fibrillation Treatments Had Better Outcomes
A sudden change in heart rhythm is a scary and serious condition that can predict life-threatening illnesses like heart failure and stroke. But immediate treatment may decrease risks for those illnesses.