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Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke and Colder Temperatures

Compared to summer, the risk of ischaemic stroke increased by 10% in spring and 19% in winter. European Society of Cardiology August 30, 2015 Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients “Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and it increases the risk of ischaemic stroke by four- to five-fold,” said Dr Chao. “During AF, the electrical activity of the left atrium is disordered and the contraction is ineffective which results in stasis… Keep Reading


Increase in Average Heart Rate Increases Cardiovascular Risk

For each 5-beat-per minute increase in heart rate from the preceding office visit, the risk increased 12% for all-cause mortality, 13% for incident heart failure, 9% for MI, and 6% for stroke.   Medscape -Patrice Wendling- –January 30, 2018 Even Small Heart Rate Increases Confer Added Risk Relatively small changes in heart rate over time, even within the normal range, are associated with a higher risk for adverse CV and non-CV outcomes in the general population, a new study shows.… Keep Reading


Should You Take a Statin if You are over 75?

  Shared  physician and patient decision-making should occur irrespective of age when a statin is prescribed. The Skeptical Cardiologist –January 27, 2018– Should You Take a Statin if You Are over 75?: The Value of Derisking in the Elderly  The New York Times published an article earlier this month with the provocative title “You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?” It’s actually a balanced presentation of this difficult question (although it includes the seemingly obligatory anecdote of… Keep Reading


Atrial Fibrillation, Strokes and Blood Thinners

  On average, people with AFib are 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke than those with a normal heartbeat CardioSmart      American College of Cardiology Understanding Risks of Stroke and Blood Thinners If you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), your heart beats irregularly. As a result, your heart has a harder time pumping blood out and to the body. When this happens, blood can pool in the heart and form clots. If a blood clot travels through the… Keep Reading

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Migraines and Cardiovascular Risk

  Over a period of 19 years, the researchers found that migraine was positively associated with heart attack, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rate. Medical Xpress February 1, 2018 Migraine linked to increased risk of cardiovascular problems Migraine is associated with increased risks of cardiovascular problems (conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels) including heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and an irregular heart rate, say researchers in a study published by The BMJ today. Although the absolute risks were low, the… Keep Reading


Understanding Blood Medications: Anti-coagulants and Anti-platelets

  The most important and most effective thing a survivor can do is take their health into their own hands.   American Stroke Association –April 2014– Clot? Not! Antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies are at the heart of preventing recurrent strokes. Although neither antiplatelet nor anticoagulant drugs can break up a clot (that’s a job for tPA and other clot busters being tested), both types of drugs are effective in keeping a clot from forming or stopping the growth of one. A… Keep Reading

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