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  1. White Men May Get Better Treatment for AFib

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say. The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that w

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  2. How Do New Blood Thinners Compare to Warfarin?

    Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for y

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  3. My Pounding Heart: Is It Anxiety or AFib?

    Today's the big day. Maybe you've got a job interview lined up. Or you're having dinner with your future in-laws for the first time. Suddenly your heart races too fast or feels like it skipped a beat. It's just the jitters, right? Could be. Sometimes, though, that thumping is a problem called atrial

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  4. Can You Have AFib and Not Know It?

    The signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib) might seem pretty hard to ignore: a racing heart, trouble breathing, chest pain, and dizziness. You’d feel these symptoms and know something was wrong, right? Maybe not. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 2.7 million people who have AFib have no symptoms at all

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  5. Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, foun

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  6. Botox Lowers AFib Risk After Cardiac Surgery?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the toxin-turned-drug therapy best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, shows potential for preventing dangerous heart rhythms in patients who undergo invasive heart surgery, a small, preliminary study found. At

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  7. Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report. In the review of published studies on th

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  8. MRI May Help Gauge Stroke Risk in Those With AFib

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Special MRI scans of the heart can help spot people with atrial fibrillation -- a common heart rhythm disorder -- who are at high risk for stroke, a new study shows. The study also calls into question the mechanism linkin

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  9. Exercise and Atrial Fibrillation

    When you’ve experienced the irregular beating of your heart from atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may feel unsure about revving up your heart rate with exercise. Take comfort from the experts. They say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib, but it’s still wise to take precautions. Be

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  10. Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests. The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increas

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