The People's Perspective on Medicine
fish oil capsules
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

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

Fish oil for the heart has been on a roller coaster. It has been good for the heart, ineffective for the heart and now, once again, very good for the heart!

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Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Did The FDA Bury Details About Defective Medical Devices?

Many patients are unaware of the terrible problems associated with defective medical devices. That's in part because data about faulty devices was hidden.

Purple Diclofenac pills
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

A Danish study reviews the dangers of diclofenac and finds that it can harm the heart and digestive tract. Are topical NSAIDs like Voltaren Gel any safer?

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

What Can You Do If Ibuprofen Triggers Atrial Fibrillation?

People in pain should be told that ibuprofen triggers atrial fibrillation, as do other NSAIDs. Home remedies may be safer for relieving pain.

a woman holding a large handful of pistachio nuts
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Will Nuts Protect You from Afib?

People who munch a serving of nuts at least three times a week are less likely to develop atrial fibrillation. Could nuts protect you from Afib?

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of Amiodarone
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

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)

Amiodarone Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening

Amiodarone side effects can be daunting. That is why it is imperative that this drug be carefully monitored. Lung toxicity and eye problems are worrisome!

pieces of black licorice candy
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

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)

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
Gravestones in a ruined church graveyard
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

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)

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

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