Atrial Fibrillation Left Untreated Can Lead To Severe Complications Or Mortality

An estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people living in the United States have atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC). However, these numbers are expected to increase remarkably over the next ten years. The condition tends to worsen over time and lead to life-altering complications, if left untreated. With effective treatment, healthy lifestyle changes and medications, the individual can live a normal, active life.

Atrial Fibrillation  

Atrial fibrillation or AFib for short is an irregular heartbeat that decreases the heart’s ability to pump efficient blood through the body, causing hypoxemia, oxygen deficiency of the blood. The heart has four chambers, two ventricles (lower chambers) and two atria (upper chambers). The heart will beat rapidly and erratically so much so that it becomes inefficient. During atrial fibrillation, the two atria will beat rapidly, erratically and out of sync with the two ventricles, which can lead to a 25 percent reduction in cardiac output.


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New Study Reveals Beta-Blockers Can Aid In Reducing The Risk Of Heart Attack

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) or heart attack is responsible for an estimated 610,000 deaths (1 in every 4 deaths) in the United States each year. Heart attack survivors will suffer with long-term consequences, since it potentially leaves part of the heart muscle damaged.

An AMI is the result of a blood clot blocking the blood flow in a coronary artery that feeds the heart. Coronary artery reperfusion therapy is the best form of treatment, because it addresses the primary issues of Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMi).


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Harbor East Welcomes Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes

Rumor has it that President Trump’s administration duplicated President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration cake, which was designed by Charm City Cakes. Of course, this had little impact on the bakery and on Thursday, a second Baltimore location opened in Harbor East.

Duff Goldman, the owner and star of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, was present at the East Harbor location to celebrate the grand opening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The original Charm City Cakes located in Remington opened in 2002 and it was so successful that Goldman opened a second location in Los Angeles nine years later.


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I-270 Innovate Congestion Management Project Scheduled To Begin This Fall

Sixteen firms will partake in a project that will reduce traffic congestion on I-270. If the project goes as planned, morning commutes from Frederick to the Washington Beltway will be reduced by 30 minutes.

The I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project is intended to resolve traffic issues, by developing “an automated smart traffic system” Fourteen bottlenecks will be eliminated and 23 miles of lanes will be added along the 34.4-mile corridor. According to state data, between 79,400 and 261,000 vehicles travel on the section of road each day and will increase by an estimated 30,000 vehicles by the year 2030.


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BWI Noise Disputes Getting A Response From Federal Lawmakers

Several members of Maryland’s mostly Democratic congressional delegation respond to the dispute between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and neighbors of Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). The FAA is being urged to take swift action to make necessary alterations to flight patterns that are responsible for the “unacceptable and unsustainable” noise.

Residents in Howard and Anne Arundel counties that live in close proximity of BWI have said that the updated air traffic control system, with new flight routes have generated intolerable noise. The FAA urged BWI neighbors to develop a functioning group to garner community input.


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New Study Found No Link Between Antidepressants In Pregnancy And Autism

A new study conducted by the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada, reveals that there is no link between autism and the use of antidepressants during and before pregnancy. There was also no link between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and gestational antidepressant use.

Three different studies signify that antidepressant use in women, who are pregnant is likely not responsible for autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children. Also, the connection in some published studies was likely because of confounding factors.


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Baltimore Lawmakers Consider A New Dirt Bike Park To Curb Illegal Dirt Biking

On January 23, the Cleveland City Council approved legislation on a 9 to 7 vote that would allow for a new $2.3 million dirt bike park to be built in the city. While the proposed project is controversial, it could potentially help combat youth violence, say members that support the bill.

Baltimore’s “12 O’Clock Boys” are constantly riding at high speeds in restricted areas, prompting citizens to file complaints with the police department. Police have been forced to crackdown on illegal dirt bike riding in the city. In February, police arrested Dawayne Davis, “godfather of the 12 O’Clock Boys”, who maintains a “chop shop” for disassembling dirt bikes for the sold purpose of selling them as replacement parts, according to the arrest report.


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Baltimoreans Will Have One Last Chance To See The Ringling Bros. Performers In Action

In January, The Ringling Bros. circus announced it would be closing down after a 146-year run. The circus made its debut in Mazomanie, Wisconsin in 1882 and there will never be another source of entertainment like it.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus era will come to an end on May 21, but not before Baltimoreans get one last chance to attend the “Greatest Show on Earth.”


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Bookmakers Cocktail Club Unveils Plan To Open New Cocktail Bar On Its Second Floor

Bookmakers Cocktail Club announced on Tuesday that it would open a cocktail bar on its second floor. Grey Ghost will offer seating for 30 patrons and be open on Friday and Saturday. Grey Ghost was originally the nickname for the successful racehorse, Native Dancer, trained in Maryland during the 50s.

On Friday and Saturday nights, Bookmakers is generally busy, leaving bar staff with limited time to engage patrons about the bar program.

“The whole idea is you’re getting a more intimate experience with our beverage director, Ryan Sparks, and other bartenders than you are downstairs on a typical Friday or Saturday,” Circelli said.


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Two Common Antidepressant Drugs Prevents Onset Of Dementia

Several years ago, a team of researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) discovered a significant pathway that causes brain cells to die in mice. Now, these researchers have discovered that two common antidepressant drugs are capable of blocking the pathway and preventing neurodegeneration. The side effects of the drugs were minimal in mice – only one of the drugs was previously licensed for use in humans and now ready for clinical trials.

In some neurodegenerative diseases, misfolded proteins build up in the brain. These proteins are a significant factor in dementias, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, along with prion diseases. The researchers already discovered the accrual of misfolded proteins in the brain cells of mice with prion disease over activates a natural defense mechanism that “switches off” the essential production of new proteins. Utilizing an experimental drug, the researchers were able to switch the protein production back on, which in turn halted neurodegeneration. The major downside to the drug utilized in this study is it was toxic to the pancreas, rendering it unsuitable for testing in humans.


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