Fish Oil Won’t Prevent Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery: Study

November 5, 2012

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) — A hoped-for effect of fish oil supplements in preventing an irregular heartbeat that often follows heart surgery did not materialize in a major new trial.
Fish oil capsules with omega-3 fatty acids given in the days before and after surgery failed to stop the post-op onset of […]

Heart-Implant Shocks Can Make Sex Frightening

November 14, 2011

MONDAY, November 14, 2011 ( — Getting kicked in the chest by a horse—that’s how cardiologist Steven Cook, MD, describes what it feels like when an implanted defibrillator shocks the heart.
And fear of that shock is making it difficult for many patients with these devices to enjoy sex, according to new research Dr. Cook […]

Irregular Heartbeat Linked to Raised Death Risk in Women

May 24, 2011

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) — Women newly diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation have a significantly higher risk of death than women without this condition, suggests new research.
Analyzing data on more than 34,000 middle-aged women, researchers found that women with recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation had an all-cause […]

Sleep Disorder Linked to Heart Rhythm Problems

May 20, 2011

FRIDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — People with an implantable cardiac defibrillator and a breathing disorder that occurs during sleep are at greater risk for potentially deadly heart problems during the night, new research suggests.
An implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) is a device that monitors heart rhythm and corrects an abnormal heartbeat with an electrical shock. […]

Gene Variant Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death Risk in Blacks

May 13, 2011

FRIDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) — A common gene variant among black people may be linked to the development of life-threatening heart arrhythmias (when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly), according to a new study.
In pinpointing this gene, Duke University Medical Center researchers hope to one day help doctors determine which […]

New Defibrillator Shows Promise in Small Study

May 4, 2011

By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) — A new type of implantable defibrillator was able to rectify ventricular fibrillation, a severely abnormal heart rhythm, in all patients who received it, and none experienced sudden death, according to new research.
The device, called the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD), is already approved in Europe and […]

Air Travel Could Raise Risk for Heartbeat Irregularities

March 5, 2010

Air travel could raise the risk for experiencing heartbeat irregularities among older individuals with a history of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Irregular Heartbeat During Angioplasty Could Raise Death Risk

May 6, 2009

People treated for heart attack who experience abnormal heart rhythms during artery-opening procedures such as angioplasty may be at increased risk of death, a new study suggests.

Control Your Anger, Help Your Heart

February 24, 2009

Here’s a hopeful possibility for those who suffer from arrhythmia, also known as irregular heartbeat:

Too Few People Know Symptoms of Heart Trouble

September 15, 2008

SATURDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) — If that nagging pain in your chest just won’t go away, and suddenly you feel like you’re having trouble catching your breath, it’s time to call 9-1-1.
Those symptoms could indicate either a heart attack or impending cardiac arrest. And waiting to see if the symptoms subside could cost you […]

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