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  1. Atrial Fibrillation Treatment: Resetting the Heart’s Rhythm

    If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) -- a heart rhythm disorder in which the two upper chambers, known as the atria, quiver instead of beating at a steady pace -- your doctor will have two main goals for treatment. You may be surprised to learn that resetting your heart’s rhythm

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  2. Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

    Do you ever feel like your heart is racing or fluttering, even when you're at rest? It’s often an isolated event for those with a healthy heart. But sometimes these symptoms can be caused by an arrhythmia or heart rhythm disorder.  One common arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation or AFib. During

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  3. Helping Someone With AFib: Medical Issues

    If someone you love has atrial fibrillation (AFib), you might be wondering how to help them manage their condition and stay healthy. You can help your loved one by learning about symptoms and treatments for AFib as well as how to talk with their medical team. AFib is the most common type of irregula

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  4. 6 Serious Medical Symptoms

    That new symptom is troubling: the inexplicable swelling in your calf or the blood in your urine. Could it be serious or even life-threatening? "Your body flashes signals -- symptoms and signs -- that warn you of potential problems," say Neil Shulman, MD, Jack Birge, MD, and Joon Ahn, MD. The three

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  5. AFib Treatment: Preventing Clots and Controlling Heart Rate and Rhythm

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. It affects more than 2 million Americans, many of whom have no idea they have it. Atrial fibrillation can be managed in a number of different ways, but almost everyone who is diagnosed with it ends up taking

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  6. Helping Someone With AFib: Healthy Lifestyle

    You want to make sure your loved one who has atrial fibrillation is living as healthfully as possible for someone with their condition. Like anyone else, a person with AFib will be healthier and feel better when he or she eats well, gets regular exercise, doesn't smoke, and minimizes stress.  You do

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  7. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but  many experience vague

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  8. How Your Doctor Picks the Triglyceride Med for You

    Sometimes diet and exercise alone can’t protect you from the risks of high triglycerides. To lower them, your body needs an extra nudge in the form of medicine. Your doctor will likely prescribe meds if you have:  Very high triglycerides -- over 500 mg/dL Both high triglycerides and high "bad" LDL c

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  9. Tempted to Stop Taking Pills for Triglycerides?

    "Studies show that about 50% of patients stop taking their [triglycerides-lowering] medicines after about a year," says Michael Miller, MD, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  That means 50% keep taking them -- make a choice to be one of th

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  10. Triglyceride-Friendly Meals

    Fries or fruit? Ribeye or tuna steak? Soda or water? Every time you decide what to eat, you either increase or decrease your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Let that inspire you to choose triglyceride-friendly meals. “Changing the diet can have dramatic effects on triglyceride levels,” sa

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