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Poor Sleep Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation

People diagnosed with insomnia had a 29 percent higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared to those without insomnia. PsychCentral Rick Nauert PhD Preliminary research suggests disruptions in sleep may raise the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). Clinicians have known that obstructive sleep apnea, or sleep interrupted by pauses in breathing, is a known risk for atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications. However, until now, evidence supporting… Keep Reading

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What Cold Medications are Safe for the Heart? (–Not Sudafed)

Take anything that does not contain pseudoephedrine.   The Skeptical Cardiologist What Cold Medications are Safe for My Heart? February 1, 2015 It’s the cold and flu season here in St. Louis. That means the beds in my hospital are filling up with people who have upper respiratory infections of one kind or another and have developed complications. Not uncommonly, the skeptical cardiologist is asked to consult on one of his heart patients who has developed worsening heart failure or… Keep Reading

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FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker

From US News and World Report –April 7, 2107 –Robert Preidt The first leadless, wire-free heart pacemaker has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System works like other pacemakers to regulate heart rate in people with heart rhythm disorders, but does not use wired leads to make the electrical connection between the device and the heart. One expert believes the device’s approval is a big win for heart patients. “The leadless pacemaker is… Keep Reading

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Avoiding Atrial Fibrillation

  We have good evidence from multiple studies showing that people who are overweight have a higher risk of afib than people who are at a healthy weight. Harvard Health Letter  –February 14, 2017 Maintaining a healthy weight and other lifestyle habits can help prevent this common heart rhythm disorder. During a bout of atrial fibrillation, your heart may beat so rapidly, it may feel as though it’s going to explode out of your chest. Commonly known as afib, this… Keep Reading

Comparing Blood-Thinners for Atrial Fibrillation

Apixaban [Eliquis] scores highest of all the NOACs, “on the balance of efficacy, safety and cost.” Pharmacy News December 5, 2017 Which NOAC scores highest for atrial fibrillation? New ranking may help guide decision-making Apixaban is the most efficient non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) for treating atrial fibrillation, according to the results of a meta-analysis including 95,000 patients from 23 randomised controlled trial. There’s already a large body of evidence that NOACs are at least as effective as warfarin and… Keep Reading

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FDA: Atrial Fibrillation and New Oral Anticoagulant Drugs

From the US Food and Drug Administration October 2016 Ellis F. Unger, M.D. More than 3 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, a problem with the electrical system of the heart that causes an irregular heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can produce palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, weakness, and chest pain, or may occur without symptoms. The main concern, however, is that atrial fibrillation can lead to the formation of blood clots in the heart, which can travel to the brain and… Keep Reading

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