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Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” and they’re typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation and medicines […]

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Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Precious few treatment guidelines for heart patients are supported by the best scientific evidence, a new study shows. Less than one in 10 recommendations are based on results from multiple randomized controlled trials (considered the “gold standard”), and that percentage has actually dropped in the […]

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Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans

Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A groundbreaking new study holds heartening news for older Americans. Since the mid-1990s, the number of seniors who suffered a heart attack or died from one dropped dramatically — evidence that campaigns to prevent heart attacks and improve patient care are […]

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‘Antibiotic Envelopes’ Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

‘Antibiotic Envelopes’ Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Tucking a pacemaker inside an antibiotic-soaked mesh envelope before implanting it inside your body can drastically reduce your risk of a dangerous infection, a new study shows. About 1.7 million patients receive cardiac implants like pacemakers or defibrillators every year worldwide, […]

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Expandable Heart Valves Could Mean Fewer Heart Surgeries

Expandable Heart Valves Could Mean Fewer Heart Surgeries

Expandable heart valves that can be placed in the heart through a minimally invasive procedure appear to be as safe or safer than those implanted through surgery, according to two news studies. Latest Heart News That means many more patients might be able to avoid risk heart surgeries and get the expandable valves instead, experts […]

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AHA News: Two Young Moms Bond Over Heart Failure, Transplant Experiences

AHA News: Two Young Moms Bond Over Heart Failure, Transplant Experiences

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Sarah Bradley’s second pregnancy was uneventful until 30 weeks, when she found herself swollen, breathless and unusually fatigued. When her chest and left side also began to hurt a few weeks later, the then-27-year-old from Roswell, New Mexico, went to the emergency room. […]

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Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Attacks May Not Be Foolproof

Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Attacks May Not Be Foolproof

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A blood test used to detect a heart attack may often provide some misleading results, British researchers report. In a new study of patients undergoing blood tests at a hospital in England, one in 20 people had high blood levels of […]

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The Saturated Fat Debate Rages On

The Saturated Fat Debate Rages On

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It’s hard to keep up with the findings from studies on the health effects of saturated fat — you know, the fat typically found in animal foods, from red meat to whole milk. But one thing’s certain. For every study that […]

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dalteparin injection (Fragmin)

dalteparin injection (Fragmin)

What is dalteparin injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Dalteparin is a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) similar to enoxaparin (Lovenox) and tinzaparin. Dalteparin is used to treat or prevent blood clots and their complications (deep vein thrombosis or DVT and pulmonary embolism or PE). Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of […]