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Ask the Doctors: Beta-Blocker Alternatives; Atrial Fibrillation vs. Ventricular Fibrillation

The beta-blocker I take for blood pressure makes me feel tired. Would a different medication make me feel more energetic? Beta-blockers decrease heart rate and blood pressure. They do this by blocking epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) from interacting with one of its cellular receptors called a beta-adrenergic receptor. Beta-blockers make some—but not all—people feel […]
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Heart Beat: February 2021

Finally, a Medication That Prevents Recurring Pericarditis Pericarditis is a disease that causes the fluid-filled sac surrounding the heart to become inflamed. An attack initially causes sharp chest pain. As fluid builds up, increasing pressure on the heart causes other symptoms to appear. Ultimately, the heart may not be able to work at all. Pericarditis […]
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Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

A new year, a new you! We hope you are planning to start the year by making lifestyle changes that will improve your health. If that’s on your mind, you’re in good company: Surveys indicate that about 60% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and the vast majority are about health (and money, of course). […]
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Small Pumps Give Weakened Hearts a Lifesaving Boost

Heart failure is a progressive condition that occurs when the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. In most cases, heart failure occurs gradually, producing symptoms that worsen over time. At the point where symptoms become highly distressing, and day-to-day functioning is severely affected, an LVAD may be recommended. By […]
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What to Expect from Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Every year, more than 370,000 U.S. adults undergo coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) to improve blood flow to their heart muscle. In this operation, surgeons use an artery or vein to reroute blood flow, essentially bypassing blockages in the coronary arteries. CABG is a major surgical procedure, but it’s surprisingly safe. CABG is also the […]
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Combination of Sleep Problems May Predict Risk of Second Stroke

Certain sleep disorders are known to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Recently, researchers found that the combination of four sleep problems—obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), short or long sleep duration, insomnia and restless legs syndrome (RLS)—predicted a subsequent stroke or heart attack following an acute stroke. “It’s likely that stress produced by factors […]
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Ask the Doctors: Cardiac Clearance; Triggering A-Fib

Q: My doctor told me I needed cardiac clearance before my upcoming knee surgery. What does this involve? A: The common term is “cardiac clearance,” but we don’t “clear” patients for surgery. Rather, we assess the patient’s risk of having a cardiac event during or after a surgical procedure. If the surgery is performed as an […]
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Heart Beat: January 2021

New Drug Shows Significant Benefit in Heart Failure Most patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) take multiple medications to help their heart pump more forcefully and slow the inevitable decline in their condition. In clinical trials, a novel drug called vericiguat has been shown to provide additional benefit to HFrEF patients already […]
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Bounce Back After Your Heart Attack

Pandemics, politics, paychecks…what a year this has been! No wonder so many of us are looking forward to the December holidays, when we can find comfort in meaningful religious and family traditions and be uplifted by flickering candles and twinkling lights. But the end of the year also holds a dark secret: Every year the […]
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