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New Guidelines: Surgical Ablation Can Reduce Afib

2016 20 Dec

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has issued major recommendations for the use of surgical ablation when treating atrial fibrillation (Afib), the most common type of irregular heartbeat. These recommendations are included in the new clinical practice guidelines published by STS in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.See Also: Current Models Do Not Predict... Read more

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Current Models Do Not Predict Atrial Fibrillation Risk Accurately

2016 17 Oct

In a study published in the JAMA Cardiology, Darbar and colleagues found that the risk prediction model for atrial fibrillation (AF) developed by investigators on the Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology-Atrial Fibrillation (CHARGE-AF) trial does not accurately predict incidence of the condition.   Various risk models have been developed... Read more

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ESC and EACTS Launch Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines

2016 27 Aug

New guidelines on atrial fibrillation were published today in the European Heart Journal, the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the ESC website. The guidelines were developed in collaboration with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). “These are the first guidelines to target every atrial fibrillation specialist,”... Read more

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Warfarin Does Not Offer Long-Term Stability for Atrial Fibrillation

2016 09 Aug

According to a study from Duke Clinical Research Institute, warfarin prescribed for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation may not control blood clotting in the long-run. The findings are published in JAMA. The study was conducted with 3,749 patients who were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Generally, anticoagulants are prescribed to prevent blood... Read more

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First Consensus Paper on Atrial Cardiomyopathies

2016 14 Jun

The first consensus paper on atrial cardiomyopathies is set to be published simultaneously in EP-Europace, HeartRhythm, and the Journal of Arrhythmia. The key contents were presented at CARDIOSTIM - EHRA EUROPACE 2016.The report has been written by a working group of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a registered branch of the European Society... Read more

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Lack of Warfarin Knowledge Increases Risk of Side Effects

2016 19 Apr

New research presented at EuroHeartCare 2016 shows that patients have poor knowledge of warfarin which could increase their risk of serious side effects. Dr Kjersti Oterhals, a nurse researcher at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway said, “The stroke and bleeding complications from warfarin can be fatal, Worldwide warfarin causes the most... Read more

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Pacemaker Checks Help Prevent Stroke

2015 23 Oct

In a study that investigated whether pacemaker checks could be used to identify patients with asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF), it was found that it was worthwhile using them to identify patients at risk. AF is a common heart rhythm disorder and affects approximately 2 percent of people in the developed world. The condition increases the risk of... Read more

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Multiple Risk Factors Cancel Impact of Atrial Fibrillation on Ischaemic Stroke Risk

2015 01 Sep

The impact of atrial fibrillation on ischaemic stroke risk in elderly patients is eliminated with multiple risk factors, according to an 11 year study in more than 425 000 patients presented at ESC Congress. The findings suggest that stroke prevention in the elderly may need to focus on the concomitant effects of multiple risk factors rather than on... Read more

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Better Outcomes with ESC Guideline Adherent Antithrombotic Management

2015 30 Aug

Patients with atrial fibrillation who receive antithrombotic management according to ESC guidelines have better outcomes than those who do not, according to one year follow up results from the ESC’s EORP-AF Pilot General Registry presented at ESC Congress 20151 and published online in Europace.“This is the first study to show better outcomes using the... Read more

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Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Heart Patients

2015 10 May

In a study published online in the European Heart Journal, researchers from the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of all studies published in peer-reviewed journals between 1993-2014 that looked at the effects of digoxin on death from any cause in AF and CHF patients. 19 relevant studies were... Read more

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