Taking Blood Thinners With Certain Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

April 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People taking blood thinners to prevent clots in their legs or lungs may put themselves at risk for serious internal bleeding if they also take common painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, researchers warn.
These over-the-counter painkillers — called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — include such [...]

Protecting Children From Poison Emergencies

April 12, 2014

SATURDAY, April 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 1.2 million American children under the age of 6 swallow or come into contact with poisonous substances each year.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers advice on preventing and treating poisonings.
Medicines, pesticides, cleaning products, furniture polish, antifreeze, windshield-wiper fluid, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil are among the [...]

Rare, But Serious, Side Effect Reported With One MS Drug

April 2, 2014

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A handful of people taking a medication called Rebif to treat multiple sclerosis have developed a serious condition that causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body.
In a letter in the March 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, [...]

Aspirin May Not Protect the Heart After Non-Cardiac Surgeries

April 1, 2014

Giving aspirin to patients around the time of surgery may do them more harm than good, a large new study finds.

Every Minute Matters With Clot-Busting Stroke Drug: Study

March 13, 2014

THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Every 15-minute delay in receiving a clot-busting drug means stroke survivors will have about one month less of a disability-free life, while every minute sooner that they receive the drug translates into more than one extra day of healthy life.
That’s the finding of a study that examined the [...]

Study Questions FDA Warning Against CT Scans for Those With Heart Devices

February 27, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning six years ago, a new study finds that there appears to be no danger from CT scans for people with implanted pacemakers or defibrillators.
In 2008, the FDA cautioned that the radiation used in CT scans could cause [...]

Transfusions Risky During Certain Heart Procedures, Study Finds

February 25, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting a blood transfusion while undergoing angioplasty to reopen your heart arteries may increase your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying, a new study finds.
Whether angioplasty patients get transfused or not appears to vary by hospital and not by the patient’s condition, [...]

Blood Thinners Now Recommended for People With Irregular Heartbeat

February 24, 2014

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with an irregular heartbeat should take blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke, an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline recommends.
Taking these drugs is especially important for people with irregular heartbeat who have already had a stroke or mini-stroke, experts say.
Irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) is [...]

Could You Work the Device That Restarts Hearts?

February 21, 2014

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potentially life-saving devices called automated external defibrillators are common in public places across the United States and can help rescue people suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, government health officials say.
Sudden cardiac arrest — a leading cause of death in the nation — results from a malfunction in the [...]

Increased Stroke Risk After Childbirth Lasts For 12 Weeks, Not 6

February 17, 2014

The increased risk of having a stroke or other blood-clotting problem might continue longer after a woman gives birth than previously believed, according to a new study.


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