Archive | October, 2011

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter

In a population based case-control study using data from medical databases , Schmidt M, et al., from Denmark, examined the risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter associated with use of non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or selective cyclo-oxygenase (COX)2 inhibitors. This study has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this year. They studied […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Fludrocortisone (Florinef) is ineffective in Vasovagal Syncope

¬†Vasovagal syncope (common faint) is a common disorder responsible for many hospital admissions and significant utilization of resources. During a late-breaking clinical trial at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2011 earlier this month in Vancouver, B.C., the results of a randomized trial involving the use of Fludrocortisone (Florinef) in vasovagal syncope were presented. This study was […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Citalopram Linked to Abnormal Heart Rhythm

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alert now warns that citalopram has been associated, in a dose-dependent fashion, to prolonged QT interval, particularly in patients at risk for hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia. The drug label has been revised to include new drug dosage and usage recommendations. The FDA warns that citalopram (Celexa, Forest Laboratories) should […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Risk of heart disease rises with COPD

A study presented here at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) 2011 Annual Congress shows that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or reduced lung function are at a significantly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Data on 993 patients were drawn from the Obstructive Lung Disease in Northern Sweden (OLIN) studies, together with […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

The Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

What are the warning signs of a heart attack? According to the American Heart Association, the classic warning signs are: An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, then disappears and returns Pain that radiates to the shoulders, stomach, back, arms, neck, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Have a Healthy Heart

No matter your age, your gender, or your past lifestyle, now’s the time to start building a healthier heart. Healthy living can help protect the heart against the ravages of disease and time. Chances are, there’s still room in your life for some heart-healthy changes. Here’s a look at the most important steps to take: […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Do I need heart bypass surgery?

The treatment of coronary artery disease depends on many individual factors, including the location of the blockage(s), the size of the coronary arteries and whether the blockages involve short areas of the blood vessel or involving the major part of the blood vessel, whether you have diabetes, and your overall heart function. That’s why you […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Preventing a Second Heart Attack

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one out of 4 men and one out of 3 women who survive a heart attack will die within the following year, most often of cardiac arrest or another heart attack. Therefore, if you are one of those survivors, protecting your heart should be your top priority. By […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Questions if considering Heart Surgery!

What to ask your cardiologist… What is coronary artery disease? How many heart vessels are blocked? What are my treatment options and what are the risks and benefits of each? Why are you recommending this treatment over the others? What lifestyle changes will I need to make and what community resources are available to help? […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →