Atrial FibrillationInfo Center
If you need to take an anticoagulant — popularly known as a blood thinner — you don’t want it to cause bleeding, but some might raise your bleeding risk.
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.
After a stroke, getting the right treatment is important to avoid another one. When the cause of the stroke is unknown, doctors must rely on certain tools to determine the best treatment.
The world’s most common heart rhythm disorder may increase the odds of stroke, dementia and other health problems. A heart-healthy lifestyle, however, may reduce these risks.
NSAIDs are often a go-to treatment for minor aches and pains. But patients with atrial fibrillation may want to have another talk with their doctor about whether these medications are the best option.
For people with irregular heartbeats, the anti-clotting medication warfarin can prevent strokes. But, combined with other medications over a long period of time, it may cause other health problems.
A new device may offer an alternative to anti-clotting medication for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).
When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved dabigatran in 2010, it highlighted the medication's ability to prevent stroke. Since then, some have raised concerns that the blood-thinning medication may cause severe bleeding.
Millions of patients may have strokes each year and not realize it. These “silent” strokes can cause memory loss but have no outward symptoms. And those with atrial fibrillation may be especially at risk.
Diabetes affects millions in the US. But new research suggests that it may affect patients in different ways.