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

Heart Disorder May No Longer Keep Kids Out of Sports

For kids with a heart rhythm disorder called long Q-T syndrome, or LQTS, sports are not usually an option. That may change soon. A new study finds playing competitive, organized sports may be safer for these children than originally thought. Researchers studied more than 100 children with LQTS, a rare inherited arrhythmia disorder that affects … Read More

Lower Your Risk of Arrhythmia: Don’t Put Food in Plastic

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is one chemical many Americans don’t want in their plastic bottles and food packaging. But the alternative, found in many “BPA-free” products, may not be much safer. What’s so bad about BPA? Research shows that BPA from plastic containers can leach into food and beverages (and then into human bodies). That’s bad because … Read More

Technique Beefs Up Your Heart’s Pumping Power

Our hearts rely on perfectly timed contractions to squeeze and refill an average of 100,000 times a day. When the electrical impulses driving this process are not uniform, certain areas of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle) may contract earlier than others. This reduces the heart’s ability to pump effectively, causing fatigue, … Read More

Wireless Pacemakers: Rhythm Without Blues

Traditional pacemakers are implanted under the skin and attached to a wire that is inserted directly into the heart muscle. The device generates a current that travels down the wire to control the heart’s contractions. Complications related to pacemakers are generally related to these wires, known as leads, which can fracture or become infected. Removing … Read More

Helping Your Heart Keep Pace (Video)

Sometimes the pathway in the heart’s electrical system is interrupted, which causes changes in heart rate and rhythm. A slow heartbeat can occur because the sinus node, the natural “battery” of the heart, is slow. Other times electrical conduction between the upper and lower chambers of the heart is disrupted. When this happens, the heart … Read More

Wiping Out Your Heart Arrhythmias With Ablation (Video)

Your heart’s electrical system is the power source that keeps your heart beating regularly. When something goes wrong with the heart’s “wiring,” you can develop an arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. In this white board session, Walid Saliba, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab and Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, … Read More