Monday, December 27, 2010
New hope for atrial fibrillation patients (Canada)
"Canadian doctors are testing a simple "plug" to help treat atrial fibrillation, a condition that affects about 250,000 patients in this country and often can't be cured with medication. Atrial fibrillation can be a frightening condition as the heart doesn't beat normally, causing fainting and chest pain. The irregular heartbeat causes blood to pool and thicken in a chamber around the heart, seriously boosting the chance of clots and a stroke. Atrial fibrillation is responsible for about 15 per cent of all eschemic strokes"