A study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raises important questions about the implications of widespread screening for atrial fibrillation — our most common abnormal heart rhythm (or, “arrhythmia”). Atrial fibrillation (“AF” or “AFib” for short) is an irregular beating of the heart’s two upper chambers, and is considered a risk factor for stroke. The study looked at diagnosing AF — not by the traditional electrocardiogram (ECG) performed during an office visit — but by using a wearable, self-applied ECG patch; specifically, in people over age 55 at high risk for developing the arrhythmia. The study found that at 4 months Afib was diagnosed in 53 out of 1,366 patients wearing the patch (3.9%) compared with 12 out of 1,293 patients (0.9%) in the control group; an absolute difference of 3%. After a full year the rate of AF diagnosis more than doubled in the monitored group (from 2.6 to … [Read more...] about Screening for atrial fibrillation with a wearable patch: Seek and ye shall find … and then what?
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The common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation -- or a-fib -- can go undetected for years. Now, research suggests a high-tech, wearable patch might spot the condition early. Use of the Zio XT wireless patch, made by iRhythm, produced "an almost threefold improvement in the rate of diagnosis of a-fib in those actively monitored compared to usual care," said study lead author Dr. Steven Steinhubl. He directs digital medicine at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, in La Jolla, Calif. The patch monitors electrocardiogram (ECG) readings via the skin, looking for telltale signs of arrhythmia -- an irregular heartbeat. Spotting the irregular heartbeat is key, Steinhubl said, since a-fib greatly raises stroke risk. "Timely diagnosis of a-fib more effectively can enable the initiation of effective therapies and help reduce strokes and death," Steinhubl said in a Scripps news release. One heart specialist not tied to the study said that the late detection of … [Read more...] about Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early
Health heart rate heart health Exercise Humans have been aware of their heart rate for thousands of years. But knowing the meaning behind the beats isn’t so simple. Myriad factors affect our heart rate, including our age, medical conditions, medications, diet, and fitness level. Today, we’re even more aware of our heart rate, thanks to devices such as smartwatches that can measure every beat during rest and exercise. So, what is normal? How should we measure our heart rate? Surprisingly, there are over 12 places you can feel your pulse. But there are two that are the easiest and most reliable—the radial artery, which runs along the inside of the forearm from the base of the thumb; and the carotid artery, which runs up the front of the neck two fingers to the side of the Adam’s apple. A person places two fingers on their wrist to measure their heart rate. Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 51 50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy … [Read more...] about What Should My Heart Rate Be and Why?
By now, you know that heart disease isn't just a man's disease—it's the single biggest cause of death in the U.S., affecting both women and men in nearly equal numbers.And yet, only about half of women recognize heart disease as the number one killer of women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One possible explanation: Many women still don't know exactly what heart disease is or what it looks like.Take the typical heart attack image, for example: an overweight, middle-aged man, gripping his chest then falling to the floor. While, yes, that can happen, it's not necessarily a tell-tale sign of a heart attack in women, who are more likely to suffer from uncomfortable pressure in the chest, jaw pain, or nausea, per the American Heart Association. This gap in knowledge may also be due to the fact that only one-third of all heart research subjects are women, according to a 2016 analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "As long as women are … [Read more...] about 8 Heart Disease Facts Every Woman Needs To Know
Published 6:01 am, Friday, February 9, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 What Your Doctor Wants You to Ask About Metastatic Breast Cancer 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - This promotional content is brought to you by Eisai Inc. Dr. Shayma Master Kazmi has been compensated for her time developing this article with Eisai. When you’re diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, your life can feel like it’s been turned upside down. One of the best ways that you can take control of the situation is to maintain an open and honest dialogue with your doctor, which will ultimately help you make the best decisions about your treatment journey and your life. But what does that look like? Many women are uncomfortable having these tough conversations, and end of life expectations can be difficult to verbalize. We talked to an expert on metastatic breast cancer, Dr. Shayma Master Kazmi, a practicing oncologist at Cancer Treatment … [Read more...] about What Your Doctor Wants You to Ask About Metastatic Breast Cancer