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App can detect irregular heartbeat by looking at your face

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers in Hong Kong have successfully used an iPhone camera and smartphone app to identify people with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Users simply align their face with a red circle on the phone screen, and the app, called Cardiio Rhythm, calculates a […]

Bariatric surgery may reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Bariatric surgery and other treatments that cause substantial weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of heart failure in obese patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers compared 25,804 bariatric surgery patients in a Scandinavian […]

Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with pacemakers or defibrillators who experience only short episodes of an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation have a very low risk of stroke, according to a study released Monday.

After analyzing 37,000 ECGs of 5,379 patients over two years, researchers found that long […]

Mountain bike racer learns the dangers of deep vein thrombosis

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As an aspiring Olympian in his 20s and an amateur mountain bike racer in his 50s, Sam Osborne closely tracked his physical performance. But after a blood clot in his leg led to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in August, he realized he had a lot […]

Unexplained health mysteries solved through determination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dan Merritt was trim, healthy and active, happily dividing his time among golf, gardening and grandchildren – the kind of person most people don’t think are at risk of strokes.

But he had at least three strokes, along with a few minor incidents, that doctors couldn’t […]

‘Queen of Hearts’ aims to inspire

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time.

Rekash first learned she had a congenital heart condition in 2000, when […]

Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen isn’t afraid to talk about his heart condition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen vividly recalls the day his heart went “out of whack.”

Five years ago, the then-23-year-old pitcher was working out with teammates before a game that evening against the Colorado Rockies.

“I was doing sprinting and other conditioning, where your heart rate […]

New measures could improve atrial fibrillation treatment, lower stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New treatment performance and quality measures released Monday will be used to assess quality of care and identify areas for improvement for patients with atrial fibrillation.

As many as 6.1 million Americans were living with atrial fibrillation in 2010. Also known as AFib, the condition involves […]

Irregular heartbeat may affect physical performance in older adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

An irregular heartbeat can affect more than your heart.

Atrial fibrillation — the most common type of irregular heartbeat — also accelerates age-related declines in walking speed, strength, balance and other aspects of physical performance, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia […]

Guidelines for blood thinner use could impact nearly all women and seniors with AFib

Doctors would prescribe blood thinners to nearly a million more patients if they strictly followed the latest guidelines for treating atrial fibrillation, according to a new registry analysis.

That means practically every woman and every person age 65 and older with the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or AFib — […]

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