By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2022 25 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

    Could a supplement that people take for heart health actually lead to heart rhythm changes? Most people take fish oil with the expectation that it will lower their likelihood of a heart attack or stro…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, Australian scientists discovered that coffee dri…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2021 28 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    People with sore joints face a terrible dilemma. Pain interferes with quality of life. On the other hand, medications like diclofenac and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make p…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 19 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    Do you have an irregular heart rhythm? Even preventricular contractions (PVCs) that are not believed to be dangerous can be disconcerting. A person is justified in becoming alarmed over more serious r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 2 Comments
    Getting Systolic Blood Pressure Under 130 Makes …

    How important is strict blood pressure control to prevent strokes, heart attacks and other adverse cardiac events? A large randomized, controlled trial from China confirms that getting systolic blood …

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2021 12 Comments
    Beware Mixing Xarelto or Eliquis and OTC Pain Re…

    Anticoagulant medications are frequently prescribed to people with atrial fibrillation (AFib). This arrhythmia can cause blood clots that might lead to a stroke. AFib used to be treated primarily with…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2021 36 Comments
    What’s the Best Way to Treat Atrial Fibrillati…

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of heart rhythm abnormality. Some experts are calling this arrhythmia an epidemic (Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, March, 2017).  That’s beca…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2021 13 Comments
    Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are cause for concern. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) can lead to fatigue, dizzy spells, shortness of breath and a heart flopping feeling. If uncontrolled, AFib can l…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2019 2 Comments
    Should You Take CoQ10 for Atrial Fibrillation?

    The use of supplements has been controversial for years. Could supplements slow aging and prevent heart disease? Are supplements useless for promoting health? To get an answer, we need to examine the …

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2019 16 Comments
    Is the FDA’s Definition of Safe a Lie?

    The Food and Drug Administration insists that its focus is on making sure all drugs are “safe and effective. For example, this headline from the FDA’s website says it all:  “The FDA's Drug …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 158 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2018 5 Comments
    How Can You Find a Legitimate Canadian Pharmacy?

    The cost of brand name drugs has skyrocketed in the U.S. Many people are finding it hard to afford their medicines. That's especially true if the copay is very high or if an insurance program does not…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2018 15 Comments
    What Can You Do If Ibuprofen Triggers Atrial Fib…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen are extremely popular pain relievers. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) are even availab…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 19, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Nuts Protect You from Afib?

    Nut lovers are less prone to the heart rhythm abnormality known as atrial fibrillation. In this condition, the upper chambers of the heart don’t pump blood rhythmically and efficiently. As a result,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 101 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 30 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 52 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 110 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 15 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 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 8 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…