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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…

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Exercise Versus Statins for Reducing Heart Disease

IF you start taking a statin aged fifty, and keep taking it religiously for thirty years, you could expect to live for an extra: 6 x 4 days = 24 days. Or a bit less than a month. You may think this is worthwhile, you may not. This, by the way is the best-case scenario. On the other hand, it has been estimated that if you take regular exercise, you could live for an extra four and a half years.…

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Is Sunlight Good for Our Heart?

We suggest that the skin is a significant store of nitric oxide (NO)-related species that can be mobilized by sunlight and delivered to the systemic circulation to exert coronary vasodilator and cardioprotective as well as antihypertensive effects. European Heart Journal March 10, 2010 Is Sunlight Good for Our Heart?   Introduction Humans evolved being exposed for about half of the day to the light of the sun. Nowadays, exposure to sunlight is actively discouraged for fear of skin cancer, and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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