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Latest Familial atrial fibrillation Stories

2008-07-15 00:00:11

U.S. researchers say the discovery of a gene mutation linked to atrial fibrillation will lead to better understanding of heart disease. Mayo Clinic researchers say the study was based on a large family with an inherited form of atrial fibrillation in 11 relatives. Investigators discovered the defective gene by scanning the entire human genome, comprised of more than 30,000 genes. Senior author Dr. Timothy Olson, a pediatric cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, says by mapping the gene's location...

2008-07-01 00:14:24

Ten percent of seemingly healthy middle-aged people have experienced silent stroke injury, U.S. researchers said. Silent stroke is an interruption of blood flow in the brain known as silent cerebral infarction. The study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, also reported a significant correlation between silent cerebral infarction and a form of heart arrhythmia common in people over 65 years old -- atrial fibrillation. In our data, atrial fibrillation...

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2008-06-27 13:50:00

Ten percent of middle-aged people who took part in a recent study showed they had suffered a stroke without knowing it. Published in the journal Stroke, the study took routine MRI scans from a group of about 2,000 people with an average age of 62. Those involved with the study were the children of participants in the Framingham study, which examines the health and habits of nearly everyone in an entire town of Massachusetts. People in this so-called Framingham Offspring Study had medical...

2006-07-03 15:01:21

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people with a dangerous heart arrhythmia is higher than previously estimated and increasing, researchers reported on Monday. In a study of Minnesota residents, the incidence of atrial fibrillation rose more than 12 percent between 1980 and 2000, the researchers said. At that rate, the number of U.S. residents with the rhythm will rise to 16 million by 2050 -- nearly three times previous estimates, they added. "This is a major...

2006-07-03 15:00:00

By Amanda Beck WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people with a dangerous heart arrhythmia is higher than previously estimated and increasing, researchers reported on Monday. In a study of Minnesota residents, the incidence of atrial fibrillation rose more than 12 percent between 1980 and 2000, the researchers said. At that rate, the number of U.S. residents with the rhythm will rise to 16 million by 2050 -- nearly three times previous estimates, they added. "This is a major problem for our...

2005-09-13 14:23:01

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who consume 35 or more alcoholic drinks per week are 45 percent more likely to experience atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem, than their peers who consume less than one drink per week, new research shows. The same probably holds true in women, but no firm conclusions could be reached because there weren't enough women in the study who were classified as heavy drinkers. Atrial fibrillation is a common problem in which...

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2005-09-13 10:06:35

Five or more drinks per day raises odds for dangerous irregular heartbeat, study finds Men who down seven or more drinks a day have a significantly increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, a study finds. Men who had 35 or more drinks a week were up to 63 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those who had less than one drink a week, according to a report in the Sept. 13 issue of Circulation. The study tracked the drinking habits...

2005-09-12 17:58:15

Women with atrial fibrillation who are not on anticoagulant therapy have a higher rate of ischemic stroke and face a higher absolute risk for stroke than do men with the condition, according to a joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente and Boston University School of Medicine. Using a sample of 13,559 patients with atrial fibrillation, or rapid irregular contractions of the heart,...

2005-06-08 18:39:09

June 8, 2005 - Atrial fibrillation, one of the most common and least manageable postoperative complications of heart surgery may soon have an effective treatment. In laboratory tests in dogs, cardiac researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs after heart surgery may lessen or prevent atrial fibrillation. They report their findings in the June 7 issue of Circulation. Atrial fibrillation--a rapid, irregular...


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