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2011-03-08 02:44:27

Stroke patients who also suffer from an irregular heartbeat are at double the risk of developing dementia, according to a new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Published tomorrow in the journal Neurology, the findings show that stroke survivors with an irregular heartbeat "“ or atrial fibrillation - are 2.4 times more likely to develop dementia than stroke survivors without the heart condition. The researchers analysed 15 studies with more than 45,000 participants and an...

2011-02-14 15:31:59

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). Its name comes from the fibrillating (i.e., quivering) of the heart muscles of the atria, instead of a coordinated contraction. The result is an irregular heartbeat, which may occur in episodes lasting from minutes to weeks, or it could occur all the time for years. Atrial fibrillation alone is not in itself generally life-threatening, but it may result in palpitations, fainting, chest pain, or congestive...

2010-12-07 12:31:00

In the news release, New Trial Studies Link Between Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation, issued 07-Dec-2010 by Northwestern Memorial Hospital over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the 11th paragraph, first sentence, should read "If we can monitor more cryptogenic stroke patients for atrial fibrillation beyond the standard time frame..." rather than "...beyond the standard month..." as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: New Trial Studies...

2010-12-07 09:54:00

Proactive therapies may prove to avert stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation CHICAGO, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One evening last March, Larry Ambrose left his bed in the middle of the night to check the time. Much to the 71-year-old's surprise, he was only able to see three out of the four glowing numbers on the digital clock in his kitchen. Ambrose returned to bed, but within days was hospitalized for what was later diagnosed as a stroke. After extensive testing, his...

2010-02-27 09:13:49

A large nationwide study that includes neurologists from Mayo Clinic has found that blacks are substantially less likely than whites to know that they have atrial fibrillation or to use warfarin, the most common treatment for the condition. Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm, significantly increases risk of stroke. Warfarin is known to reduce that risk. Researchers say the findings could help explain why the black population in the U.S. has a higher incidence of both stroke and...

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2010-02-21 13:19:25

Newly identified gene may open route to innovative treatments for atrial fibrillation Atrial fibrillation is a cardiac arrhythmia "“ a chronic irregularity of heartbeat "“ which affects an estimated 1 million people in Germany. Although the condition is not acutely life-threatening, it does increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses, such as cardiac insufficiency, stroke and dementia. In the third of a series of genomewide association studies, an international team of...

2010-02-21 13:15:12

Gene associated with atrial fibrillation in younger patients without known risk factors An international research team has identified a common gene variant associated with a form of the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. In their report in the journal Nature Genetics, being published online, the investigators describe finding that variations affecting a protein that may help control the heart's electrical activity appear to increase the risk of what is called lone atrial...

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2009-12-11 06:30:00

New research shows that some 3 million Americans may be suffering from the common heart arrhythmia know as atrial fibrillation.  Even more shocking, however, experts say that number will probably double over the next 25 years. Known to most medical professionals as simply "a-fib," atrial fibrillation takes place when the heart's natural pacemaker is overrun by sporadic rogue electrical signals in the heart's upper chambers, which cause the heart to quiver and beat irregularly. While some...

2009-09-02 06:00:00

StopAfib.org patient resource raises awareness of irregular heartbeat that is a common cause of stroke DALLAS, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mellanie True Hills knows personally the toll that atrial fibrillation (afib) takes. Just two years ago, with a sense of urgency about afib that only a survivor can possess, she designated September as Atrial Fibrillation Month. After surviving blood clots and a near-stroke during her first afib episode, she lived in constant fear that the next...

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2009-06-12 06:25:00

According to new research published in the American Journal of Cardiology, increasing the frequency of vigorous exercise also increases the risk of atrial fibrillation. "Although vigorous exercise has numerous health benefits, case reports and limited data suggest that elite athletic men engaging in endurance exercise...may be at higher risk for the development of atrial fibrillation," said Dr. Anthony Aizer, of the New York University Medical Center. The heart rhythm disorder, known as...


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