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A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not.

But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that – and a new scientific statement published […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A call for deeper understanding of AFib, a growing and dangerous heart rhythm disorder

No excuses for three survivors walking to stay fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during the American Heart Association’s Move More Month in April.

For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann had […]

Short or tall — your height can play a role in heart risks

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Your height may have affected your choice of clothing, theater seat or airplane row. Turns out it could also play a role in your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Scientists have looked at whether height increases or decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases for […]

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Short or tall — your height can play a role in heart risks

Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

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People with symptoms of depression or who take antidepressants have a 30 percent increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that increases the risk for stroke, a new study says.

The research, released Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Depression could increase risk of serious heart rhythm condition

Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

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As with most Saturdays, Michael King was on the basketball court refereeing another game in 2011 when he started feeling hot and tired. He stepped outside for some fresh air. A friend went to check on him but couldn’t find a pulse, even though King […]

March 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

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One of the longest and most comprehensive studies to date has found more evidence that people diagnosed with a type of rapid or irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may be at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

The new study can’t say whether the association […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Study backs up connection between atrial fibrillation and dementia

More than a heart flutter: What happens when AFib changes your world?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spencer Moseley is not the type of person you’d expect to have a heart problem.

A dedicated runner with 50 marathons under his belt, Moseley kept meticulous track of his pace while logging 45 to 60 miles a week. Usually, he kept a steady 7:30 per-mile […]

Son’s quick action helps save Kansas City dad — for a second time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sean Summers was sitting on the couch with his dad, Terry Summers, last August as Terry nursed a bad headache. The two had just returned from an arduous drive back to Kansas City, Missouri, from California and were watching TV. Terry tried to ask Sean […]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Son’s quick action helps save Kansas City dad — for a second time

Study suggests Botox may help prevent AFib after heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Best known for smoothing facial wrinkles, the neurotoxin Botox could one day have a new use: stopping an abnormal heart rhythm that sometimes develops after heart surgery.

Researchers injected botulinum neurotoxin, sold as Botox, into five fatty areas around the hearts of patients […]

High thyroid hormone levels may up risk for irregular heartbeat

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Researchers may have found a new risk factor for an irregular heartbeat: high thyroid hormone levels.

Older people with higher levels of thyroid hormone were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than people with lower levels, even when levels were within the normal range, according to a […]

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on High thyroid hormone levels may up risk for irregular heartbeat