FDA grants approval for Eliquis to prevent Strokes in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval of Eliquis (apixaban) tablets for people who have atrial fibrillation that is not related to a heart-valve problem. The medication would be used as a way to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots from forming.

Atrial fibrillation causes the heart to beat irregularly and rapidly. The two upper chambers of the heart do not squeeze correctly to insure proper blood flow. This inadequate pumping can cause blood clots to form. The risk of a stroke occurs when the blood clot breaks free and prevents blood flow to parts of the brain. Additionally, the blood clot could break free and travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or legs.

Healthy Diet reduced risk for having second Heart Attack or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - Eating a heart-healthy diet after having a heart attack or stroke can help prevent future events, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Study author, Mahshid Dehghan, Ph.D, a nutritionist at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, said that if patients rely on medicine to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, they may not think eating a heart-healthy diet is very important. The study found that dietary changes offer additional benefits to patients taking aspirin, angiotensin modulators, cholesterol lower medications, and beta-blockers.

Heart Patients who meditate may reduce risk of Death, Heart Attack or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - New research found that African Americans diagnosed with heart disease had a 48 percent reduced risk for suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or dying from all causes, if they did Transcendental Meditation instead of just attending a health education class. The researchers published their findings in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Two hundred and one people participated in the study over a five-year period. The group consisted of 42 percent women over the age of 59 with an income of less than $10,000 per year. The average body mass index (BMI) was 32, which is considered obese.

Wrong Dosage of Blood Thinning Medication given to 75 Percent of Patients

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that 75 percent of the patients taking blood thinners were not given the correct dosage. The study investigated 521 patients taking clopidogrel (Plavix) and prasugrel (Effient) and found that many had dosage amounts that were not effective. The study results were presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012 in Los Angeles.

The wrong dosage could be serious either way. Too much medication could cause uncontrolled bleeding, while too little medication puts the patient at an increased risk for developing blood clots. Blood thinning medication is often used as a way to prevent blood clots from forming. These clots can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Stroke risk associated with SSRI Antidepressant Medications

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found there is an increased risk for stroke from taking SSRI antidepressant medications; however the study did show that the risk was low. The study was published in the October 17, 2012 online issue of Neurology.

The researchers looked at data from 16 studies that investigated a combined 500,000 participants. The participants had been taking SSRIs antidepressant medication and in this meta-analysis they wanted to see if there was an increased rate for stroke in the SSRI medication group compared to a group that didn’t take the medication.

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