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Irregular heartbeat develops much earlier in men

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A type of irregular heartbeat that greatly increases the risk for stroke develops much earlier in men, a new study shows.

Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver. Left untreated, it increases the risk of heart-related death and is linked to a five-fold increased […]

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

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California man diagnosed with heart disease after walking 1,500-mile pilgrimage route

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ray Rivera recalls boasting to friends about his heart health. During a span of four years, he’d walked more than 1,500 miles along the famous Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage trails throughout Spain, Portugal and France.

Then during a routine checkup in 2015, Rivera was […]

Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients using a smartphone device to monitor their heart rhythm were almost four times more likely to detect an irregularity than those receiving routine medical care, a new study shows.

However, some say the roughly $10,000 cost of each detection is too pricey, especially considering the […]

August 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Smartphone device helps detect irregular heartbeat

Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

June 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Heart Failure|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

Back on the slopes after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For an extreme skier who jumps out of helicopters and prefers the Alps, a snowy hill in Pennsylvania wouldn’t seem to present much of a challenge.

But that was before Mark French suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015. So getting back on his skis for the […]

Study: AFib patients may be able to stop blood thinners after ablation

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation who are successfully treated with ablation may no longer need blood thinners, a new study shows.

Nearly 3 million Americans deal with atrial fibrillation, or AFib — a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can cause complications like blood clots, stroke and […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies.

In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, researchers […]

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 […]