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Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Symptoms, ECG, and Treatment Medications

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Symptoms, ECG, and Treatment Medications

Source: Getty Images Atrial fibrillation definition and facts Atrial fibrillation (also referred to as AFib or AF) is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation is caused by abnormal electrical discharges (signals) that generate chaotically throughout the upper chambers of the heart (atria). It reduces the ability of the atria to pump […]

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When Does Heart Health Return to Normal After Quitting Smoking?

When Does Heart Health Return to Normal After Quitting Smoking?

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When you stop smoking, your heart starts to rebound right away, but a full recovery can take as long as 15 years, a new study suggests. “The benefit of quitting smoking cannot be overstated — the cardiovascular system begins to recover […]

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Study Finds Diabetes, Heart Failure a Dangerous Duo

Study Finds Diabetes, Heart Failure a Dangerous Duo

Latest Heart News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Asian heart failure patients who also have type 2 diabetes can develop changes in the structure of their heart and are at increased risk for hospitalizations and premature death, a new study finds. Diabetes is on the rise worldwide, and it’s common for patients to […]

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Implant Approved to Improve Symptoms in Advanced Heart Failure

Implant Approved to Improve Symptoms in Advanced Heart Failure

Latest Heart News MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Barostim Neo System was granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to treat symptoms of patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for treatment with other devices such as cardiac resynchronization therapy, the agency announced on Friday. The device includes a pulse […]

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valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT)

valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT)

What is valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide is a combination of two medications that is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) which also includes: Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin converting […]

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For Heart Patients, CPAP Treatment May Ease Depression: Study

For Heart Patients, CPAP Treatment May Ease Depression: Study

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment of obstructive sleep apnea can ease depression in people with heart disease, according to a groundbreaking new study. “Patients who have had a stroke or heart attack are prone to suffer from low mood and are two to three […]

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Entresto (sacubitril and valsartan)

Entresto (sacubitril and valsartan)

What are the uses for sacubitril and valsartan? Entresto is used for reducing the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in patients with chronic heart failure (NYHA Class II-IV). Entresto is combined with other heart failure medications and in place of an ACE inhibitor or other ARBs. What brand names are available […]