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Long Working Hours and Increased AFib Risk

2017 18 Jul

Long working hours are shown to be associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Researchers found that, compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were about 40% more likely to develop AFib during the following 10 years."This could be one... Read more

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Current AF Guidelines - Important Differences

2017 20 Jun

Guidelines regarding the management of atrial fibrillation have been published by major cardiovascular societies. Although the majority of recommendations within the current guidelines are similar, important differences are observed particularly when the quality of evidence is moderate or low, according to a review article to appear in the Canadian... Read more

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Study: Treatment Gap in Patients Suffering From Atrial Fibrillation

2017 13 Jun

Findings of a study by University of Birmingham reveal a treatment gap in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF). Research findings are published in Heart.AF is associated with a five-fold increase in risk of stroke. There are three types of AF:paroxysmal where episodes come and go and usually stop without any treatmentpersistent where episodes... Read more

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New Imaging Technique for AF Minimises Radiation Exposure

2017 04 Jun

According to cardiologists from NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, a new imaging technique should be more widely adopted by physicians to treat atrial fibrillation as it limits or eliminates patients' exposure to radiation. The article is published in Heart Rhythm. The specialists believe that the primary obstacle to the widespread use... Read more

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Chocolate Decreases Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

2017 27 May

Findings of a large study conducted with men and women in Denmark show that consuming moderate amounts of chocolate is associated with significantly lower risk of atrial fibrillation. The study was conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and findings are published in Heart. These findings add to the already accumulating... Read more

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Combined Risk Scores Better Identify AFib Patients at Risk of Dementia

2017 15 May

Combining risk scores can help clinicians better identify atrial fibrillation patients who are at an increased risk of developing dementia. Findings were presented during Heart Rhythm 2017. See Also: Delayed Use of Blood Thinners Increases Risk of DementiaThe Intermountain Mortality Risk Score (IMRS) was developed by clinicians at Intermountain Healthcare.... Read more

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Aspirin Doesn’t Lower Risk of Stroke in Low Risk AF Patients

2017 14 May

Findings from a new study conducted by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute show that long-term aspirin therapy in patients who are considered to be low risk for stroke is not as effective as previously believed. The findings were presented at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society's 38th Annual Scientific Sessions in... Read more

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Delayed Use of Blood Thinners Increases Risk of Dementia

2017 13 May

Findings from a new study show that dementia rates increase when anticoagulation treatment is delayed for patients with atrial fibrillation. The results of the study were presented at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society's 38th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago. This is the first study of its kind conducted by researchers at the Intermountain... Read more

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Study Identifies Biomarker Associated With Atrial Fibrillation

2017 12 May

A new microRNA biomarker has been identified that may have a strong association with the incidence of atrial fibrillation. The findings were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythms Society's 38th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago. See Also: New Source of Electrical Instability in the HeartResearchers from Intermountain Medical Center... Read more

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Troponin as Biomarker in Heart Rhythm Disease

2017 25 Apr

Although the utility of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) assays remains at an investigational stage in cardiac electrophysiology, studies to date have suggested value as a prognostic biomarker in atrial fibrillation and as a screening marker for patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death, according to a review published in The American... Read more