Atrial fibrillation update: Yoga, dementia risk, poor sleep, kidney failure, high blood pressure

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition, but it affects other areas of health as well. For example, it could contribute to the risk of dementia, poor sleep, kidney failure, and high blood pressure. The articles below discuss different aspect of atrial fibrillation, revealing useful tactics to better manage it and reduce your risk of other health conditions.

Atrial fibrillation patients doing yoga improved quality of life, lowered heart rate and blood pressure words

Atrial fibrillation patients doing yoga improved their quality of life and lowered their heart rate and blood pressure. Nurse and Ph.D. candidate Maria Wahlström explained, “Many patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) can’t live their lives as they want to – they refuse dinners with friends, concerts, and travelling – because they are afraid of an AF episode occurring. AF episodes are accompanied by chest paindyspnea, and dizziness. These symptoms are unpleasant, and patients feel anxious, worried, and stressed that an AF episode will occur. Most patients are still working and take sick leave to visit the hospital. Many patients with AF use complementary therapies, so it is necessary to find out if they actually help. Continue reading…

atrial-fibrillation-dementiaAtrial fibrillation raises dementia risk: Study

Atrial fibrillation raises the risk of dementia, according to research findings. The study also found that atrial fibrillation patients taking warfarin (the blood thinner) to reduce their risk of stroke were more likely to develop dementia, compared to patients who used this medication for other conditions.

The researchers looked at over 6,000 patients on warfarin with no history of dementia. Patients were divided into two groups: those using warfarin for atrial fibrillation and those on warfarin but without atrial fibrillation.
The researchers found that atrial fibrillation patients were two to three times more likely to develop dementia, compared to patients on warfarin without atrial fibrillation. Continue reading…

atrial-fibrillaiton-sleep-problemsAtrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat risk higher with poor sleep in elderly

Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) risk is higher with poor sleep in elderly, according to research findings. The researchers examined three sources of data to isolate and confirm the impact of inadequate sleep on atrial fibrillation.

The researchers found that disrupted sleep may be an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation. People who reported frequent nighttime awakening were 26 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation. Those diagnosed with insomnia had a 29 percent higher risk of atrial fibrillation diagnosis. Continue reading…

kidney-failure-chronic-kidney-disease-atrial-fibrillationKidney failure risk is greater in chronic kidney disease patients who also have atrial fibrillation

Kidney failure risk is greater in chronic kidney disease patients who also have atrial fibrillation. The research findings pave the way for further exploring the link between these conditions which could potentially lead to improved treatments.

Patients with chronic kidney disease often progress to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. It has been well established that many kidney disease and kidney failure patients also have atrial fibrillation. This increases the risk of stroke as well as death.

The study involved 206,229 adults with chronic kidney disease who were followed for five years. During this time period, nearly 16,400 patients developed atrial fibrillation, and those patients had a 67 percent higher risk of progressing to kidney failure, compared to patients who did not develop atrial fibrillation. Continue reading…

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Atrial fibrillation patients with high blood pressure face higher stroke risk: Study

Atrial fibrillation patients with high blood pressure face higher stroke risk. The risk of stroke was found to be 50 percent higher among atrial fibrillation patients with uncontrolled blood pressure. The findings suggest that hypertension should be closely monitored in atrial fibrillation patients in order to reduce the risk of stroke, among other complications.

The researchers used data for over 18,000 patients with atrial fibrillation from a large study known as ARISTOTLE to understand the impact of high blood pressure on their health. Continue reading…


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