Atrial FibrillationInfo Center
Helping Hearts Hit the Right Beat
If left untreated, one kind of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation can result in blood clots, stroke or serious heart problems. Beyond taking a pill, there are other ways of trying to correct the problem.
MRI May Help Doctors Find Best A-fib Treatment
One common effect of atrial fibrillation is the buildup of scarring in parts of the heart. A new study looked at how a special MRI might evaluate that scarring to help determine the best treatment.
Even if Stroke Strikes, Rx May Reduce Damage
Stroke risk runs high for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Taking blood thinners, however, may not only lower this risk, it may reduce the likelihood of brain damage if stroke happens anyway.
Common Technique Spotted Heart Rhythm Risk
While risk of stroke or heart failure rises with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeat), people with the condition may not show any symptoms. A simple monitor, however, may diagnose this common irregular heartbeat.
Edoxaban Effective for Treating Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is one of the most common heart rhythm disorders. Doctors are always looking for better ways to treat this common affliction, and edoxaban may be a promising alternative.
Eyes May Be Window to Heart Risk
High blood pressure can harm the vessels supplying blood to the retina. Small vessel changes in the eye — as well as the kidneys — may also signal increased likelihood of abnormal heart rhythm.
Righting a Wrong Heartbeat With Weight Loss
The hearts of people with atrial fibrillation beat too fast, which can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening problems. Weight loss might help some patients correct that heartbeat.
AFib May Push Heart Attack Risk Higher
Atrial fibrillation ( AFib ) is an irregular heart rhythm. While heart attack increases the risk of AFib , AFib may also raise heart attack risk, especially in women and African Americans.
Have a Coffee, Hold the Heart Worries
Coffee drinkers take heart. While caffeine has been linked by some to heart troubles, consuming coffee did not appear to trigger an irregular heart rhythm.
Doctors May Miss a Beat with A-Fib Patients
Heart rhythm doctors who treat atrial fibrillation may not always be on the same page as patients when it comes to evaluating patient depression and other quality of life factors.