Task Force Tackles FDA Lamotrigine Cardiac Risk Warning

A joint task force of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has issued an advisory to address concerns arising from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning of cardiac risk in patients taking the antiseizure drug lamotrigine. The task force is concerned that the FDA warning is based on data not yet widely available, and […]

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I Had a Perfectly Normal EKG at My Check-Up—and the Next Day I Had a Heart Attack

  On the day of my annual physical, I wasn’t worried about my heart: At 63, I was a non-smoker with a BMI of 20 who got (mostly) regular exercise and took no daily medication. A blood test the week prior had shown my total cholesterol was 187, with a good HDL/LDL ratio and low triglycerides. The report included this reassuring notation: “lower relative cardiovascular risk […]

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