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  1. New Drug Helps Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

    Feb. 10, 2011 (Los Angeles) -- The experimental anti-clotting drug apixaban beat aspirin at preventing dangerous blood clots or strokes in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, according to final results of the so-called AVERROES trial. The late-stage phase III study was stopped

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  2. Anticlotting Drug May Be Alternate to Warfarin

    Nov. 15, 2010 (Chicago) -- The experimental anticlotting pill Xarelto works at least as well as standard warfarin at preventing stroke and blood clots in people with irregular heart rhythms from atrial fibrillation, researchers report. The rate of major brain bleeds, a key concern, was lower among p

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  3. New Atrial Fibrillation Drug Pradaxa Approved

    Oct. 20, 2010 -The FDA has approved Pradaxa, a new drug to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. In a clinical trial, patients on Pradaxa had fewer strokes than those on warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). "People with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of developing blood clots

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  4. Study: Ablation Beats Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation

    Jan. 26, 2010 -- Treating the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation by destroying a small area of heart tissue using a catheter works dramatically better than drug treatments in many patients, a new study confirms. About 2.2 million Americans have the heart disorder, which occurs

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  5. Cheney's Abnormal Heart Rhythm Treated

    Oct. 15, 2008 -- Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an outpatient procedure today to treat a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart. The procedure "went smoothly and without complication," according to a statement issued by Megan Mitch

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  6. Atrial Fibrillation Stroke 'Tragedy'

    Aug. 28, 2008 -- Far too many people with atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm, suffer preventable strokes, a University of Toronto study suggests. The "tragedy" is that Coumadin, an inexpensive blood thinner, could prevent about half of these strokes, yet few high-risk patients get proper

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  7. Cheney Treated for Irregular Heartbeat

    Nov. 27, 2007 -- Vice President Dick Cheney was treated for an irregular heartbeat. The condition was found after Cheney visited his doctor for a lingering cough from a cold. "During examination he was incidentally found to have an irregular heartbeat, which on further testing was determined to be a

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  8. Irregular Heartbeats Linked to Tallness

    Nov. 10, 2004 -- Size may matter when it comes to a safe and steady heart. New research shows tall people may be more likely to suffer from the most common form of irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation. The study shows tall men and women with heart failure had a 60% higher risk of atrial

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  9. Alcohol May Raise Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

    Oct. 11, 2004 -- Drinking alcohol on a regular basis may slightly raise men's risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, according to a large new Danish study. Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of irregular heartbeat. The condition caus

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  10. Procedure Can 'Cure' Atrial Fibrillation

    July 15, 2003 -- Zapping the heart with radiofrequency energy is more effective than drugs at stopping atrial fibrillation -- the most common heart rhythm problem. In a new study comparing both atrial fibrillation treatments, researchers say patients who had the radiofrequency procedure -- called "p

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