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An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythmAtrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - September 20, 2021
Man checking blood pressure with systolic blood pressure under 130Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - September 2, 2021
grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juiceArthritisTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021 - 15 comments

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?

Joe Graedon - August 16, 2021

Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Relievers

Joe Graedon - May 13, 2021

What’s the Best Way to Treat Atrial Fibrillation?

Joe Graedon - March 11, 2021

Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

Terry Graedon - December 2, 2019

Should You Take CoQ10 for Atrial Fibrillation?

Joe Graedon - June 24, 2019

Is the FDA’s Definition of Safe a Lie?

fish oil capsules
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - November 12, 2018

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

People taking fish oil or purified EPA, a component of fish oil, appear more susceptible to atrial fibrillation, heart rhythm changes that can be troubling.

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Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - November 8, 2018

What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain?

Scientists tested dark roast and light roast coffee as well as decaf and beverage constituents to see what components of coffee may prevent amyloid plaques.

Purple Diclofenac pills
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Joe Graedon - September 5, 2018

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?

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.