Another day, another reason to eat chocolate

As if there are not enough health benefits to eating chocolate, like lower LDL cholesterol, reduced risk of stroke and heart disease, improved circulation, and its impact on mood, researchers at Harvard found another one. After reviewing data from The Danish Diet, Cancer and Health Study, which included 55,502 participants, researchers identified that moderate chocolate consumption corresponded with reduced likelihood of atrial fibrillation (AFib). Want to hear even better news? People who ate chocolate more frequently—2 to 6 servings per week—had a 20 percent lower risk of AFib than people who ate none. Another reason to be excited about this study is that it offers some insight into whether lifestyle factors may play a role in atrial fibrillation. Here is your to-do list for heart health. You’re gonna like it!

Oral anticoagulants…who needs ‘em?

Patients with atrial fibrillation do! According to a new study, hundreds of thousands of patients aren’t receiving them each year. Folks with AFib are at a very high risk for stroke, and guess what? Oral anticoagulants—a.k.a. blood thinners—can reduce the risk by two-thirds and direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are proven to be just as effective, if not more so. No, this isn’t a groundbreaking new therapy. Quite the opposite. DOACs have been available since 2010. 655,000 patients were evaluated in the study and the data show that over a seven-year period, only 6 out of 10 patients with high stroke risk were prescribed these potentially life-saving meds. This guy sums it up best.