Finally: An Alternative to Your Blood Thinners (Video)

Patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common type of irregular heart rhythm, are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without afib. “Therefore, the most important aspect of afib management is the prevention of stroke,” says Oussama Wazni, MD, Director of the Outpatient Electrophysiology Department and Co-Director of the Atrial Fibrillation … Read More

Ablation May Be Best Option for Your AFib

A new study shows that performing catheter ablation on patients who have atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart beat) along with heart failure yields better outcomes than treating the irregular heartbeat with a medication. There are only two or three medications that can be used for atrial fibrillation. The study looked at the drug amiodarone. It … Read More

4 Top Questions About Radiofrequency Ablation for Afib Answered

If medications you’re taking for atrial fibrillation (afib) aren’t working anymore, there is another option: radiofrequency ablation. In most patients, rapid electrical activity that starts in the pulmonary vein and spreads to the atrium of the heart triggers afib. Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that applies electrical energy to the area around the pulmonary vein. … Read More

Alcohol May Cause You to Develop Irregular Heartbeat

Even in moderation, alcohol may be hard on your heart. A new study finds that having as little as one to three alcoholic drinks each day may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation (Afib). The most common abnormal heart rhythm, Afib causes symptoms including lack of energy, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and chest pain. Cleveland … Read More

The Air You Breathe Can Hurt Your Heart

You might not think of air pollution as an important risk factor for heart disease, but dirty air does more than make you cough and wheeze. The American Heart Association has warned about the dangers of air pollution for many years. Many epidemiological studies (that look at disease patterns) link long-term exposure to air pollution … Read More

Your Mind Is Your Ally in the Fight Against Afib

Emotions are closely linked to heart function, and atrial fibrillation is no exception. Experts say patients can use biofeedback and relaxation methods like yoga for a calming effect on afib. Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart rhythm disorder in which the top part of your heart beats extremely rapidly and erratically. Getting older increases … Read More

Control Your Weight for a Healthy Heartbeat

Atrial fibrillation makes the top part of your heart race erratically and experts increasingly say it can lead to serious problems, including stroke. Afib incidence is on the increase in the U.S. and experts point to many factors behind the surge. One of the most important strategies for controlling the problem is within your grasp: … Read More