Atrial FibrillationInfo Center

How to Choose an Anticoagulant

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. 

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.

This Device Could Predict Strokes

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.

Exercise, Diet May Keep Arrhythmia in Check

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.

Pain Relievers Posed Bleeding Risk for Some Patients

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.

Treatment for Irregular Heartbeat May Raise Dementia Risk

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.

Device May Offer Alternative to Rx for Arrhythmia

A new device may offer an alternative to anti-clotting medication for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).

Abnormal Heartbeat Rx May Pose Major Bleeding Risk

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.

Irregular Heartbeat May Raise Risk for Silent Stroke

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 May Affect Young and Old Differently

Diabetes affects millions in the US. But new research suggests that it may affect patients in different ways.