American Heart Association

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


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 […]

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


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 […]

Unexplained health mysteries solved through determination


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 […]

New drug reverses the effects of blood thinner in patients with brain hemorrhage


A new medication reverses the blood-thinning effects of the anticoagulant dabigatran in patients suffering a brain bleed, potentially limiting the extent of bleeding, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Dabigitran is prescribed to people with atrial fibrillation to prevent […]

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 — […]

Blood thinners recommended for people with irregular heartbeat to prevent stroke

People with irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation, should take blood thinners to prevent stroke, according to an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology. About one in 20 people with untreated atrial fibrillation will likely have a stroke in the next year.

The uneven heart rhythm of […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT, AHA volunteer

A week after turning 40, and only hours after running a 5-kilometer race, Nancy Capelle was putting some peanut butter on a banana when she felt severe pain in her chest.

The pain traveled through her entire back and through both sides of her jaw. She considered calling an ambulance, […]

SimpleScience@Heart: A tick’s spit leads to an entire lesson in blood clotting

There really is such a thing as tick spit – that is, the saliva of a tick. And there’s something about it that might help fight heart disease and stroke.

The link comes from a protein found in the spit of ixodes (ik-SO-deez) ticks, which are also known as blacklegged […]