Is Daily Blood Thinner Needed for Irregular Heartbeat?

May 6, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A smartphone app might offer an alternative for certain patients with an irregular heartbeat who must take risky blood-thinning medication every day to lower their risk for stroke.
New research suggests some people with atrial fibrillation might do just as well by diligently monitoring their pulse, […]

Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

May 5, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia — and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints.
Specifically, researchers found, patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk […]

Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in People With Pacemakers

May 5, 2016

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with heart pacemakers and sleep apnea are at much greater risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests.
With sleep apnea, breathing stops or becomes critically shallow during sleep. It’s very common in people with pacemakers. The sleep disorder is a known […]

CPR Help as Near as Your Phone

May 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A stranger or someone you love suddenly collapses with cardiac arrest, but you don’t know CPR.
New research shows that help — and CPR instruction — may be just a cellphone call away.
This is “a real-world approach that the majority of communities can adopt to help improve survival in […]

Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications

May 2, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Implantable defibrillators — devices that detect and correct an abnormal heart rhythm — are associated with a high risk of long-term complications, a new study suggests.
“An [implantable cardioverter-defibrillator] is a highly effective treatment option to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death,” said lead researcher […]

Doctors Report on Success of Throat Reconstruction

April 8, 2016

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An American man who underwent throat reconstruction seven years ago has no swallowing problems and can eat normal food, researchers report.
The man’s severely damaged esophagus was reconstructed using commercially available metal stents and donated skin tissue. The stents — approved in the United States to help esophageal cancer […]

Delaying 2nd Shock After Cardiac Arrest Won’t Boost Survival: Study

April 7, 2016

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Delaying a second shock to the heart in hospital patients with cardiac arrest doesn’t improve their chances of survival, suggests a new study that challenges current recommendations.
A patient undergoing cardiac arrest needs to be treated with a defibrillator, which sends an electric shock to the heart to restore […]

Wearable ‘Defibrillator-in-a-Vest’ May Help Some Heart Patients

March 28, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can’t use an implantable defibrillator — the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed.
That’s the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just […]

Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina

March 23, 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A North Carolina program to increase bystander action in cases of cardiac arrest saved lives and reduced brain damage among survivors, a new study shows.
The statewide program trained family members and the general public to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and to perform CPR and use […]

Many With Irregular Heartbeat Missing Out on Stroke-Preventing Treatments

March 16, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors know that a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation increases the odds for stroke. But less than half of “a-fib” patients at highest risk for stroke are prescribed recommended blood thinners by their cardiologists, new research finds.
“The findings of our study are surprising given […]


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