Atrial FibrillationInfo Center

Air Pollution Slightly Set the Heart Offbeat

Air pollution has been linked to a wide range of health problems, but it's not always clear what's directly related to specific air pollution measures.

Overdosing on Exercise

Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. But for some people, it appears there is such thing as too much exercise.

GI Bleeding Higher in Pradaxa vs. Warfarin

The prescription blood-thinners Pradaxa (dabigatran) and warfarin aim to reduce stroke and other cardiovascular disorders, but like most medications, they do carry some risks.

Anti-Inflammatories Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

Among the most common medications taken for pain and inflammation are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. But could they have unintended consequences for the heart?

New Pacemaker Avoids Wire Complications

Pacemakers are lifesaving devices, but the wires that go through the recipient's veins sometimes cause complications.

Warfarin Benefited AFib Patients With Kidney Disease

For those with atrial fibrillation, warfarin helps reduce stroke and heart attack risk. While some have questioned the safety of its use with kidney patients, the medication appears to improve outcomes.

Blood Thinners Recommended for AFib Patients

People with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder, face a high likelihood of stroke. To reduce the risk, the American Academy of Neurology recommends taking anticoagulants.

Helping Hearts Hit the Right Beat

If left untreated, one kind of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation can result in blood clots, stroke or serious heart problems. Beyond taking a pill, there are other ways of trying to correct the problem.

MRI May Help Doctors Find Best A-fib Treatment

One common effect of atrial fibrillation is the buildup of scarring in parts of the heart. A new study looked at how a special MRI might evaluate that scarring to help determine the best treatment.

Even if Stroke Strikes, Rx May Reduce Damage

Stroke risk runs high for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Taking blood thinners, however, may not only lower this risk, it may reduce the likelihood of brain damage if stroke happens anyway.