Does the death of the partner have an influence on the risk of atrial fibrillation?

iStock_000024649569XSmallStress can be caused by many diseases. This correlation has already been proved in acute diseases of the cardiovascular system such as myocardial infarction. The loss of the partner is considered to be one of the most stressful life experiences. Bereavement may be the cause of mental illness for example depression. Can the stress of bereavement cause of other diseases? Read full text »

Botulinum toxin – a new method in long-term prevention of recurring atrial fibrillation

iStock_000055110862_XXXLargeBotulinum toxin (botox, BTX) and bacteria which produce it were identified for the first time in 1897 by Belgian bacteriologist Emile Pierre van Ermenghen [1]. Although many decades have passed since this historical moment, its “hidden” properties are still an unsolved mystery. However, already today it can be said that botulinum toxin is an amazing substance. The best evidence of that are results of research published on 20th October 2015 in American magazine Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. On the basis of conducted randomized study it was shown that in the nearest future botulinum toxin may be used on a large scale in long-term prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation recurrence (PAF), especially in patients after cardiac surgeries [2]. Read full text »