Tag: antiarrhythmic drugs

Gender Differences in Heart Disease

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S., but the risks and treatment of heart disease differ significantly between the genders.

Unfortunately, awareness of these differences is still relatively poor in the general public, says cardiologist Holly Andersen, MD, director of Education and

When A Slow Heart Rate Does (And Does Not) Require Attention

If your heart beats too rapidly or has an abnormal or irregular rhythm, it’s cause for concern—but what about a heart that beats too slowly?

“Bradycardia is the term used to describe a heartbeat that is ‘too slow.’ A normal resting heart rate is typically between 60 and 100 beats per

Women Experience Greater Difficulty with Atrial Fibrillation

With the condition known as atrial fibrillation (AF, afib), the most common type of arrhythmia, in which the hearts beats in an irregular rhythm, a new study confirms that women with the condition have more symptoms, worse quality of life, higher stroke rates, and overall worse outcomes than men.
Findings could

For Greater Success, Don’t Wait to Ablate Your Atrial Fibrillation

The sooner your persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) is treated with catheter ablation, the more likely it is that the procedure will help reduce complications of this common heart rhythm problem.
A Cleveland Clinic study published in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology found that among patients who have an ablation, those

Gender Differences in Heart Disease Put Women at a Disadvantage

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S., but the risks and treatment of heart disease differ significantly between the genders.

Unfortunately, awareness of these differences is still relatively poor in the general public, says cardiologist Holly Andersen, MD, director of Education and

Research: Catheter Ablation Best for Heart Failure Patients with Afib

Using catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation (Afib) in patients who also have heart failure is more effective than using the antiarrhythmic drug amiodarone (Pacerone®, Cordarone®), according to a study presented earlier this year at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting. The study found that ablation reduced the recurrence

When Should You Know if a New Heart Drug Is Working?

You’ve been prescribed a new blood pressure medication or a statin to help control your cholesterol. Or maybe you’re starting to take an antiarrhythmic drug after a recent diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. Or now you’re one of the millions of people taking a blood thinner.
But how do you know if

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