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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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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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Type 2 Diabetes Poses a Special Heart Risk for Women

The link between type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD) is so strong that if you have diabetes and do not control your blood sugar and other risk factors, chances are very good that you will develop CAD. Diabetes doubles or triples the risk of a heart attack. Women who develop symptoms of CAD […]
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Cardiorenal Syndrome: Failing Heart and Famished Kidneys

Managing heart failure can be a full-time job. You have a complex regimen of medications to help your heart contract more forcefully, optimize blood flow through your arteries, eliminate excess fluid and control risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure. You have to think carefully about what you eat, and you worry about […]
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Heart Beat: December 2020

Yoga Helpful in Controlling Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)—aAheart rhythm disorder that causes palpitations, racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue—impacts quality of life in addition to increasing stroke risk. A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology in August 2020 suggests that yoga may help patients with A-fib manage their distressing symptoms. […]
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Fleeting Symptoms May Be Those of Stroke. Don’t Ignore Them.

For years, we thought that stroke symptoms lasting only a short time—say, 10 to 30 minutes—were merely a warning sign that a full-blown stroke might soon follow. While this is true, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has revealed this is only part of the story. “Patients who come to the emergency department with symptoms of stroke and are […]
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How Thyroid Hormone Levels Affect Your Heart Function

Did you know there’s a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that controls your heart? It’s your thyroid, and it produces hormones that control how your body functions. In this role, it governs how strongly your heart beats. When your thyroid works normally, you will feel normal. But in 12% of adults—mostly women—it stops working like […]
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Ask the Doctors: Gout & Heart Attack Risk; Does Psoriasis Increase Risk for Heart...

I have a history of gout. Can it increase my risk of heart attack? Gout is associated with increased risk of heart attack and cardiovascular (CV) death, even in the absence of other known CV risk factors. Gout is associated with both acute and chronic inflammation, which promote CV disease. Gout also elevates uric acid […]
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Radiation to the Chest Increases Heart‑Disease Risk Later in Life

Most cancer survivors are eager to put the experience behind them and live life to the fullest. That’s why heart disease caused by the very treatments that cure cancer can be emotionally devastating. If you received radiation to the chest, you are at high risk for developing heart disease years—even decades—later. Now there are guidelines […]
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Heart Beat: September 2020

Heart and Other Diseases Increase Risk of Death from COVID-19 If you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes or lung disease, you are at higher-than-normal risk for a bad outcome from COVID-19 infection and should take every precaution to avoid exposure to the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was informed of the first […]
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Are Your Kidneys Healthy?

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, the health of your kidneys may be the last thing on your mind. But if your heart isn’t working properly, your kidneys may be affected, too. Heart disease is a risk factor for progressive loss of kidney function, a condition called chronic kidney disease (CKD). “It’s a […]
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Heart Beat: August 2020

Metformin Appears to Protect Diabetic Patients Undergoing Surgery People with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of complications and death from major surgical procedures. A study in the April 8 issue of JAMA Surgery suggests the diabetes drug metformin may offer them some protection. The retrospective study of more than 10,000 patients who had […]
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