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ECG of A-Fib, atrial fibrillationAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - December 2, 2019
a cut on a handAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - October 31, 2019
An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillationAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - February 8, 2021 - 8 comments

Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is surprisingly common. Popular drugs can pose a risk for atrial fibrillation. Low vitamin D levels may also be a factor.

Joe Graedon - June 24, 2019

Is the FDA’s Definition of Safe a Lie?

Terry Graedon - November 12, 2018

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

Terry Graedon - November 8, 2018

What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain?

Terry Graedon - September 10, 2018

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Joe Graedon - September 5, 2018

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

Canadian flag in front of the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada.
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - July 9, 2018

How Can You Find a Legitimate Canadian Pharmacy?

How do you afford crucial medicines like Eliquis when the price can top $400 a month? One reader wants to know how to find a legitimate Canadian pharmacy. We supply answers.

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - May 21, 2018

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.

Woman feeling eye pain when using cellphone at night
AgingTerry Graedon - April 23, 2018

No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

Although fish oil has a reputation for soothing dry eyes, a recent randomized controlled trial found that placebo capsules of olive oil worked just as well.

a woman holding a large handful of pistachio nuts
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - April 19, 2018

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?

a cut on a hand
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - October 23, 2017

Some Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects NOT in the Prescribing Info

Doctors used to rely upon warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clots. Newer anticoagulants are taking over. Learn about Eliquis and Xarelto side effects.

A dark chocolate square
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - May 25, 2017

Does Chocolate Really Help Your Heart?

A Danish study found that people who eat chocolate are less likely to have atrial fibrillation. Does chocolate really help prevent Afib?

Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - February 13, 2017

Could Your Pain Reliever Harm Your Heart?

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs could harm your heart. They increase the risk for the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.

woman with knee and joint pain
ArthritisJoe Graedon - January 16, 2017

Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blood Pressure

Millions pop vitamin I (ibuprofen) every day without a second thought. But ibuprofen side effects can be very serious. All NSAIDs pose significant risks.

ECG of A-Fib, atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - November 21, 2016

Is Your Medicine Triggering Scary Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a potentially life-threatening irregular heart rhythm. A surprising number of medications can trigger this arrhythmia.

Male technician analyzing blood sample in medical laboratory
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - October 31, 2016

Patients Walk a Dangerous Tightrope on Blood Thinners

There was a time when warfarin (Coumadin) was the main blood thinner prescribed to prevent clots. Newer anticoagulants include Eliquis, Pradaxa & Xarelto.

blood red ring
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - August 11, 2016

Can You Stay in the Sweet Spot for Your Warfarin Dose?

It can be difficult to get the warfarin dose just right all the time. Even people who managed it most of the time sometimes had a dangerous deviation.

Common Foxglove (Digitalis) flowers blooming in the garden
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - February 18, 2016

Could Digoxin Protect Your Heart Two Ways?

Research in mice shows that digoxin, a drug derived from foxglove, lowers cholesterol and eases inflammation to reduce plaque in arteries.