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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

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

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Heart Patients: 3 Common Medications You May Need to Avoid

If you’re being treated for a heart condition, medicine cabinet staples such as aspirin and ibuprofen may not be good for you. The same goes for certain antibiotics. Studies have found that these common medications can increase risk of bleeding, clotting, arrhythmia and even death for some heart patients. Know the risks before you take: … Read More