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Does Marijuana Help AFib?

Wondering if marijuana might have a soothing effect on your atrial fibrillation? Studies show that medical marijuana can help with symptoms of some conditions like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and HIV/AIDS. But for atrial fibrillation, the effects are more of a mixed bag. A Bit of Good, More Bad “It really depends on what you use […]

Breast Cancer Linked to Higher Odds for Dangerous A-Fib

By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Women with breast cancer are known to have heart problems related to treatment, and now a new study shows their odds of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase in the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis. Women […]

Your Smartwatch Says You’re in AFib. Now What?

Sept. 7, 2021 — Susan Carney had just gotten herself a shiny red Apple Watch Series 6 for Christmas when she glanced down at its face and spotted an alarming warning: She had an “irregular heart rhythm suggestive of atrial fibrillation.” At first, she rolled her eyes. “I said, ‘Come on. It’s just […]

Can Yoga Can Help Your AFib?

If you’ve got an irregular heart rhythm from atrial fibrillation (AFib), it’s not a stretch to think about trying out some gentle yoga. “Heart rhythm in the body is controlled by communication between the heart and the brain,” says Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD. His study on yoga and AFib was published in the Journal of the American […]

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can […]

Surgical Snip Might Prevent Stroke in People With A-fib

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A simple surgery may help lower the risk for strokes by more than a third in patients with atrial fibrillation, a common irregular heartbeat, a new trial finds. The reduction in stroke risk is achieved by blocking the left atrial appendage, an unused, […]

High-Dose Fish Oil May Raise Odds for A-Fib in Heart Patients

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many people take fish oil to protect their heart, but a new study suggests that prescription versions may raise the risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. At issue are prescription-strength omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in fish oil. The medications […]

Things People With AFib Wish You Knew

SOURCES: Mellanie True Hills, founder and CEO,, Texas. Michael Terns, police officer, Tennessee. Wilson Lee, office director, Malaysia. Kelly Sharp, graduate student, Indiana. Harvard Medical School: “Atrial fibrillation: Common, serious, treatable.” CDC: “What is atrial fibrillation?” American Heart Association: What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?” “Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF),” […]

Fish Oil, Vitamin D Won't Prevent A-Fib: Study

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — For people hoping to prevent the heart rhythm disorder known as “a-fib,” new research shows that taking vitamin D or fish oil supplements won’t help. A-fib, also known as atrial fibrillation, affects more than 33 million people worldwide and is the most common type […]

Living With the Side Effects of AFib

SOURCES: Oussama Wazni, MD, section head of cardiac electrophysiology, Cleveland Clinic. Charlie Bassham, Cumming, GA. Alice Hinrichs, Kansas City, MO. Heart Foundation: “Adjusting to life with atrial fibrillation.” CDC: “What is atrial fibrillation,” “Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT).” Washington Health System: “WATCHMAN Device Procedure.” American Heart Association: “Lifestyle Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Mayo […]