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Atrial Fibrillation combined with Chronic Kidney Disease increase risk for ESRD

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(Best Syndication New) - Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, found an increased risk for kidney failure in people who have atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease. In general, kidney function can fail over time with the chronic condition which can lead to dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. Kidney problems are more likely to worsen in atrial fibrillation patients who already have kidney function impairment. The study results were published in the journal Circulation.

Irregular heart rhythm is a very common type of atrial fibrillation. Patients who have atrial fibrillation along with chronic kidney disease or end stage-renal disease (ESRD) are at an increased risk for suffering from a stroke or death. The researchers wanted to understand why atrial fibrillation patients with kidney disease are more likely to have end-stage renal disease compared to those with chronic kidney disease only.

Beta Blockers taken for High Blood Pressure might prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that men who took beta-blockers for treating high blood pressure were less likely to have brain shrinkage and other anomalies that could signal Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia.

The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study involved 774 elderly Japanese-American men. After the men died, autopsies were conducted. Six-hundred-ten out of 774 men had high blood pressure or were being treated with high blood pressure medication.

Less than half, around 350, of the men had been taking blood pressure medication; 15 percent took only beta blocker medication, 18 percent took beta blockers with one or more other hypertensive medications, and the remaining took another type of blood pressure medication with no beta blockers.

Lack of Coenzyme Q10 and Impaired Energy Production may cause Muscle Pain when taking Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that low levels of coenzyme Q10 and glucose intolerance might be factors that contribute to muscle pain symptoms with people taking statins to lower LDL cholesterol levels. The findings were reported in the Journal of American College of Cardiology.

Around 75 percent of people who take statins could complain of having muscle pain, explained Professor Flemming Dela from the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen. This research demonstrates that statins affect the muscle’s ability to produce energy.

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.

How to Stop Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

(Best Syndication News) Panic attacks can come on suddenly and peak usually within ten minutes – but can last even longer. The Mayo Clinic reports that these attacks could be triggered by something that is not dangerous but can be frightening and cause the sufferer to think they are losing control or even having a heart attack.

Most people may suffer two panic attacks in their lifetime, but frequent attacks can affect the quality of life. Small stressful situations could cause recurrent and unexpected attacks.

The panic attacks can release a sudden wave of adrenalin. This can increase heart rate.

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