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Could Your Apple Watch Spot Dangerous A-Fib?

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- That shiny new Apple Watch you got this holiday could potentially alert you to heart trouble you didn't know you had. The watch contains a simple electrocardiogram (ECG) that tracks your heart…

Too Much Salt Might Help Spur A-Fib

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A high-salt diet could raise your risk for a common heart rhythm disorder, new research suggests. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots or other…

Botox May Help Prevent Post-Op A-Fib

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Botox has other uses beyond enhancing lips and minimizing facial wrinkles. Scientists now say it may help prevent atrial fibrillation after heart surgery. A-fib -- an abnormal heart rhythm --…

E-Alerts Dramatically Cut Heart Attack Rate for People Hospitalized With A-Fib

SUNDAY, Nov. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A simple pop-up alert on a computer screen could help save the brains and hearts of many hospital-bound people with an irregular heartbeat, a new clinical trial reveals. Rates for heart attack and…

Daylight Saving Time Tied to Rise in A-Fib Hospitalizations

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When Americans set clocks an hour ahead in the spring for Daylight Saving Time, hospitalizations rise for people with a common type of irregular heartbeat, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation affects…

AHA: Missouri Woman Puts Health First After AFib Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Alice Hinrichs woke up feeling miserable. She was exhausted, nauseated and her left arm hurt. She thought she was sick, so she called her doctor's office for an appointment. Instead,…

AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study suggests. …

Study Finds Some Patients With A-Fib Have Hidden Brain Damage

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), 4 in 10 had previously undetected brain damage, though none had a history of stroke or mini-stroke. This brain…

AHA: ER Visits, Hospitalizations for AFib on the Rise

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it's contributing to "an alarming growth" in its economic…

Smoking May Boost Irregular Heart Beat Risk

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The more you smoke, the greater your chances of developing a common heart rhythm disorder that increases your risk of stroke and early death, researchers say. "If you smoke, stop smoking, and if…

Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation -- or a-fib -- can go undetected for years. Now, research suggests a high-tech, wearable patch might spot the condition…

Weight Loss May Reverse Course of Atrial Fibrillation

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss might help reverse progression of a common heart arrhythmia in obese adults, a new study shows. Researchers found that when obese adults with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) shed at least…