By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 16 Comments
    Some Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects NOT in the…

    Many health professionals (physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners and pharmacists) rely upon the officially FDA sanctioned prescribing information to learn about drug side effects. Electronic drug datab…

    By: Terry Graedon May 25, 2017 10 Comments
    Does Chocolate Really Help Your Heart?

    The Danish Diet, Cancer and Health Study has turned up an interesting observation: people who eat chocolate are less likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality that affects betw…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 19 Comments
    Could Your Pain Reliever Harm Your Heart?

    Sometimes a health professional takes us to task for something we have said. We appreciate being corrected when we are wrong, but this time we have the research that backs up our warning: NSAIDs ar…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 23 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blo…

    We have heard ibuprofen referred to as vitamin I. That's because a lot of weekend warriors rely on ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain. …

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 40 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Triggering Scary Atrial Fibrill…

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a big hairy heart deal. The CDC estimates that as many as six million Americans suffer from this irregular heart rhythm. That number is expected to double by 2030 t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 48 Comments
    Patients Walk a Dangerous Tightrope on Blood Thi…

    Walking a tightrope is tricky business. If you have ever watched video of Nik Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon on a high wire, you know how scary this can be. A misstep can lead to tragedy. When it …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Stay in the Sweet Spot for Your Warfarin…

    Warfarin is a classic anticoagulant that is used to prevent strokes and deep vein blood clots. Doctors know a lot about this old inexpensive drug, but they also know getting the warfarin dose just rig…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2016 7 Comments
    Could Digoxin Protect Your Heart Two Ways?

    A very old drug derived from the foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea) may turn out to be surprisingly effective against heart disease. (How old? you may ask. Its first mention in medical literature dat…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2016 5 Comments
    Could a Do-It-Yourself ECG Save Your Life?

    Atrial fibrillation is a common change in heart rhythm that can increase a person's risk of developing a blood clot in the upper chamber of the heart that then travels to the brain. This is a recipe …

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2015 6 Comments
    Is There an Antidote to Pradaxa?

    The human heart pushes blood out through the body to all the organs by beating rhythmically. When that rhythm falters, as it does in the condition termed atrial fibrillation, blood is still pumped but…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2014 5 Comments
    Fish Oil Fizzled Against Atrial Fib

    Although epidemiological studies show that people who eat fish are less prone to death from heart disease, trials of fish oil have been less promising. The latest, a Canadian study published in the Jo…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2014 1 Comments
    BPA Substitute May Throw Heart Rhythm Out of Syn…

    Negative publicity about the hormone disrupting chemical BPA has encouraged chemical companies to look for substitutes for bisphenol A. One such compound, bisphenol S, is often used in BPA-free consum…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2014 23 Comments
    Are Popular Pain Relievers Really Killing People…

    Every day millions of people swallow pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, etc) or prescription medications such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Catafl…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2013 14 Comments
    New Study Fails to Clarify Which Blood Thinner I…

    Using anticoagulants is a bit like walking a tightrope. If the dose is too high, there is a danger of hemorrhage. If the dose is too low, there is risk of a deadly blood clot. For years, warfarin, ori…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2013 28 Comments
    Could Your Pain Killer Be Killing You?

    The Popularity of NSAID Pain Killer Pills: Physicians, pharmacists and patients love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofena…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2013 4 Comments
    Fish Oil Flop for Fibrillation

    Atrial fibrillation is a challenging heart rhythm disturbance to control. The new drugs that are prescribed are often expensive and have significant side effects. That's why scientists have been inves…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2011 7 Comments
    Painkiller Warning Presents Dilemma

    Q. A couple of weeks ago I read that popular painkillers can cause irregular heart rhythms. I stopped taking Aleve for pain because I do experience A-fib and atrial flutters. Since going off the Aleve…

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2010 3 Comments
    Fish Oil Can’t Fight Atrial Fib

    Fish oil has a reputation for helping the heart. Not only has it been linked to lower levels of triglycerides and less inflammation, it has also been shown to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation af…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2010 13 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    Q. I used to take verapamil for occasional supraventricular tachycardia. Four years ago I switched to magnesium, alternating 250 mg one day, 500 mg the next. No more irregular heart rhythm. In additio…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2010 1 Comments
    Arthritis Drugs Raise Risk of Heart Rhythm Distu…

    Atrial fibrillation is a common heart arrhythmia that increases the risk of strokes. Researchers have recently noted that A fib is also associated with a higher likelihood of developing dementia. The …

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2010 7 Comments
    Procedure Trumps Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation

    An irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation responds better to a procedure to inactivate a small area of heart tissue than to drugs. Atrial fibrillation causes an irregular pulse, a rapid and…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2009 7 Comments
    Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Alzheimer’s …

    Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality. Over two million Americans are thought to suffer from this arrhythmia, but many people don’t even know they have it. With this condition…