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Young woman drinking coffeeArrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - July 22, 2021
Irregular ventricular heart rhythm on ECGArrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - June 1, 2020
Man checking blood pressure with systolic blood pressure under 130Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - September 2, 2021 - 2 comments

Getting Systolic Blood Pressure Under 130 Makes a Difference

Studies demonstrate that lowering systolic blood pressure under 130 mm mercury can reduce cardiovascular complications.

Joe Graedon - October 3, 2019

Fish Oil for the Heart? Is It Good After All?

Joe Graedon - May 23, 2019

Did The FDA Bury Details About Defective Medical Devices?

Joe Graedon - September 5, 2018

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

Joe Graedon - May 21, 2018

What Can You Do If Ibuprofen Triggers Atrial Fibrillation?

Terry Graedon - April 19, 2018

Will Nuts Protect You from Afib?

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of Amiodarone
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - January 1, 2018

Beware Amiodarone Side Effects and Interactions

Amiodarone is FDA-approved for extremely hard-to-treat heart rhythm disturbances. Amiodarone side effects are scary. This drug requires cautious management!

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of Amiodarone
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - December 12, 2016

Amiodarone Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening

Amiodarone side effects can be lethal. That is why it is imperative that this drug be monitored carefully. Lung toxicity can be irreversible!

pieces of black licorice candy
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - September 26, 2016

Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Lethal

We love licorice. High-quality natural licorice candy is wonderful. But too much licorice, whether as candy or in pills, can be dangerous in not deadly.

Man grabs at his heart during a heart attack
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - January 29, 2015

Smart Phone Diagnosed Heart Rhythm Change

A patient using AliveCor with his smart phone permitted his doctor to diagnose and treat a dangerous heart rhythm abnormality.

ECG of A-Fib, atrial fibrillation
Gravestones in a ruined church graveyard
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - May 30, 2013

Could Your Pain Killer Be Killing You?

An NSAID pain killer such as celecoxib, diclofenac or ibuprofen could put you at risk for heart failure, stroke or a heart attack.

Gravestones in a ruined church graveyard
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - August 29, 2011

Painkiller Warning Presents Dilemma

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. Other drugs also have side effects. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause