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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. Statins May Not Mix Well With Certain Antibiotics

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say. Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don't mix well wi

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  5. Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Ways Than One

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has ever been a volunteer knows that it feels good to help others, but researchers have found a less obvious benefit: volunteering can help reduce older adults' risk of high blood pressure. The new study included more

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  6. Low BP May Weaken Brains of Some Heart Patients

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from cardiovascular disease who have lower-than-normal blood pressure may face a higher risk of brain atrophy -- the death of brain cells or connections between brain cells, Dutch researchers report. Such brai

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  7. Poor Sleep May Worsen Heart Woes in Women, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep appears to contribute to the progression of heart disease in women by raising their inflammation levels, but this effect was not seen in men, researchers say. "Inflammation is a well-known predictor of cardiovascular h

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  8. Heart Device 'Shock' Anxiety May Hamper Sex Life

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety-related sexual problems occur among young adults with congenital heart disease who have implanted heart defibrillators, a new study finds. Their anxiety about the possibility of receiving a shock from their implantable ca

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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. Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Muscle, Joint Problems

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- People taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may slightly increase their risk for muscle and joint diseases as well as strains and sprains, a new study suggests. Statins, such as Zocor and Lipitor, are widely used to r

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