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Abnormal Heart Rhythms

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Abnormal heart rhythms may arise because peri-infarction tissues are very irritable and electrically unstable. These rhythms can compromise cardiac output and be lethal. It is very important to take your medicines if you have a problem with abnormal heart rhythms because they can result in a reduction in cardiac output that can be critical. Dr. Saputo recommends...

Atrial Fibrillation

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Atrial fibrillation occurs when the top part of the heart, called the atria, beats at around 300 beats per minute and leads to ineffective contraction of the atria. This predisposes to clots forming in the left atrium that can break off and travel to the brain and block circulation and result in strokes. Anticoagulation is the treatment of choice but...

Atrial Fibrillation Overview

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
  The physiology of this very common rhythm problem is reviewed with attention to stroke and lowered cardiac output. The causes of atrial fibrillation, its symptoms, diagnostics, and treatment are reviewed. Fish oil may be preventative for the development of atrial fibrillation but it does little once it has been established to convert atrial fibrillation...

Atrial Fibrillation: Choices in Management

submitted by: admin on 04/12/2015
It is defined and coagulation issues addressed. Treatment options including anticoagulants, cardioversion, and certain drugs are reviewed. Its cause should be looked for and prevention considered.          

Does Aspirin Save Lives?

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Despite a lot of excitement about aspirin, scientists can't seem to agree on whether it helps healthy people live longer and suffer from fewer heart attacks and strokes. Published studies in the mainstream medical journals on the same nine studies included in a metaanalysis differ. The study published by the Bayer Aspirin people showed a benefit. The study...

Fish Oil May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

submitted by: admin on 08/18/2014
A Rhode Island Hospital retrospective study published in the July 2014 issue of the journal, Alzheimer's & Dementia, showed that the participants with normal cognition at the start of the study who reported taking fish oil had fewer signs of Alzheimer's disease. These patients were followed every 6 months with MRI scans. Those people with...

Preventing Strokes: Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, Pradaxa, or What?

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
  A large clinical trial testing the effects of aspirin and Plavix to prevent small strokes was stopped because there was no added benefit by combining these drugs and the risk of bleeding was too high. This information was presented at the 2012 American Stroke Association meeting in February of 2012. A second abstract presented at the same conference...

Stroke

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
The types, causes, and treatment of stroke are reviewed from both the mainstream and CAM approaches.

Vitamin K Protects Against Getting Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  According to an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in a study of 1069 men and women with an average age of 67, over 5.5 years 131 developed type 2 diabetes. The highest intakes of vitamin K1 were associated with a 51% reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes compared to those with the lowest intakes....

What is the Clinical Importance of Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 07/11/2014
A review of 1.25 million medical records of 30 year olds and older from a primary care practice for 5 years in England and looked at the different effects of systolic and diastolic blood pressure when it came to intracerebral bleeds, angina, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and renal disease. They published their results in the May issue of the journal The Lancet.  It...

What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
Atrial fibrillation occurs when the top part of the heart, called the atria, beats at around 300 beats per minute and leads to ineffective contraction of the atria. This predisposes to clots forming in the left atrium that can break off and travel to the brain and block circulation and result in strokes. Anticoagulation is the treatment of choice but there is...