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Beer Isn't Wrecking Just Your Liver—It's Bad for Your Heart

The cardiac arrhythmias seem to be mostly benign, but some are more worrying

(Newser) - Armed with hand-held breathalyzers and EKGs, German scientists put in a hard month's work at Munich's Oktoberfest as they mingled with thousands of men and women who were "under the stress of alcohol," to use the scientific term. Now they're reporting in the European Heart ... More »

Man's Fitbit Helps Doctors Save His Life

It revealed vital heart data at the hospital

(Newser) - It happens every day—someone going about his or her ordinary schedule has a seizure, gets looked over by a doctor, and hopefully lives to tell about it. Only in the case of a 42-year-old man who went to the emergency room at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in... More »

Heartbreak Doesn't Just Hurt the Heart Emotionally

Loss of a partner boosts risk of atrial fibrillation by 41%

(Newser) - Yes, it is possible to die from a broken heart. Scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark say the loss of a partner boosts a person's risk of an irregular heartbeat—itself a risk factor for stroke, heart failure, and death—by 41%. The researchers, who reviewed medical data from... More »

Beta Blockers 'Killing Patients'

Research uncovers dire effects of pre-surgery drug

(Newser) - Beta blockers routinely given to patients before surgery do far more harm than good, with patients 35% more likely to die within a month than those given a dummy pill, according to a study reported in the Lancet.  While the blood pressure drugs did cut the number of heart... More »

Cheney Will Have Heart Procedure

Veep may require electrical impulse to clear up fibrillation

(Newser) - Dick Cheney has an irregular heartbeat and may need to have an electrical impulse delivered to his heart. The VP visited his doctor this morning complaining of a lingering cough, Reuters reports, and was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, which a Cheney spokeswoman described as "an abnormal rhythm involving the... More »

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