Here are the top read news for #Afib:
Opiates Raise Atrial Fibrillation Risk; AFib Makes Heart Attacks More Likely:
If you have atrial fibrillation, your risk of suffering the most common type of heart attack goes up. And if you take an opioid such as hydrocodone, you’re increasing your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat in the first place. Read more
Refining the results of a 2013 study, researchers have found that atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is associated with only one type of heart attack – the more common of the two types. Read more
Special MRI scan could identify stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation:
Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder that affects millions of people. It can make you feel lousy. Even worse, it can cause potentially disabling or deadly strokes. A special MRI scan may — I stress the “may” — help identify people with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk of having a stroke. This could help many people with this condition to avoid taking warfarin or other clot-preventing medications for life. Read more
Why Do Women With Atrial Fibrillation Die More Often Than Men?
An interesting new study was published this week in Circulation, regarding the higher risks of heart attack in women than men among people who have atrial fibrillation. In this column I explore evidence behind these gender differences.
Treating Troubled Sleep to Treat a Troubled Heart:
Irregular breathing from sleep apnea has been linked to the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. Treating sleep apnea, however, may lower the risk of atrial fibrillation happening again. Read more