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  1. Blood Thinners Recommended for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with an irregular heartbeat should take blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke, an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline recommends. Taking these drugs is especially important for people with

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  2. Surgery vs. Drugs for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery works better, but has more serious side effects, than the standard drugs used to treat occasional bouts of atrial fibrillation, a new study reveals. Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart's normally p

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  3. 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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  4. Ease the Stress of a Heart Condition

    A heart condition such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, high blood pressure, or even high cholesterol can put a lot of stress on you. What's worse, you may be feeling stressed about being stressed.   "It can be a vicious cycle -- stress can make heart conditions worse," says N.A. Mark Estes, M

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  5. A-Fib Doesn't Mean You're Banished to the Sidelines

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting back on exercise, or stopping altogether, might seem like the right move for people whose heart beats too fast and erratically, a condition called atrial fibrillation. But that's not necessarily so. In fact, staying acti

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  6. Hospitalization Rates Soar for Irregular Heartbeat

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations for the most common form of irregular heartbeat nearly doubled between 1998 and 2010, and are expected to continue to soar during the current decade, researchers say. Ultimately, hospital treatment of at

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  7. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

    Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heart beat or rhythm is changed and may not be able to pump enough blood. About 1% of Americans have AFib. Millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology

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  8. Whites at Highest Risk for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Whites are more likely than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States to develop a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. The condition -- caused by a problem in the heart's electric

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  9. Irregular Heartbeat May Speed Memory Loss in Seniors

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who suffer from a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may also be more likely to experience mental declines sooner, a new study suggests. "Problems with memory and thinking are common for peop

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  10. Comparing the New Blood Thinners to Warfarin

    May 31, 2013 -- More than 2 million Americans have an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, raising their risk of blood clots leading to stroke. For many years, the blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) was the only game in town to help lower that stroke risk. In the past 3 years, though,

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