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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 — […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Philanthropists’ devotion straight from the heart, his and hers

Jane Golub is one active 75-year-old. She walks stairs, plays golf and follows her gym workout routine.

So last winter, when Jane arrived at the top of the 47 stairs at the Rensselaer, New York, train station struggling to breathe, it gave her husband, Neil, pause for concern.

“I first became […]

AFib hospitalizations and burden increasing

Atrial fibrillation is increasingly becoming a burden on America’s health and the healthcare system.

Hospitalizations for the condition jumped 23 percent and costs rose by 24 percent from 2001-10, according to a recent study published in Circulation.

During the study time period, nearly 4 million people were hospitalized with AFib, most […]

New guidelines update treatment options for atrial fibrillation

People with atrial fibrillation should work closely with their doctors to treat the condition, using a more detailed stroke-risk assessment tool and careful consideration about aspirin or blood-thinning drugs, according to new treatment guidelines released Friday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

More than 2.7 million […]

Implanted cardiac monitor identifies stroke risk better than traditional methods

A cardiac monitor about the size of a USB flash drive that’s implanted under the skin was six to seven times more likely to detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that’s a risk factor for stroke, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]