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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

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Healthy Lifestyle - Key Factor in AF Prevention

2017 17 Apr

Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common persistent cardiac arrhythmia, is an increasing burden worldwide. The global burden of AF in 2010 was estimated at about 33.5 million, with close to 5 million new cases diagnosed annually. A high proportion of AF can be prevented by combining strategies, focusing on the high-risk population for better risk factor... Read more

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Study: Anticoagulant Apixaban Better than Warfarin

2017 02 Apr

Patients with atrial fibrillation have a substantially reduced risk of dangerous bleeding in the brain ("intracranial haemorrhage") when taking the newer anticoagulant apixaban compared to those taking warfarin, according to a new study published in the journal Blood. Researchers also found that taking aspirin increased the risk of intracranial haemorrhage,... Read more

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New Markers Associated with AFib Recurrence After Ablation

2017 20 Mar

Certain molecules – known as circulating microRNA – are associated with the recurrence of atrial fibrillation ("erratic heartbeats") in some patients after ablation therapy, according to new research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Scientific Session in Washington, D.C. These molecules could be used as screening tools to identify which... Read more

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Does Cardioversion for AF Improve Quality of Life?

2017 07 Feb

It seems at first glance to be self-evident that sinus rhythm is preferable to atrial fibrillation (AF). However, even with decades of observational studies, clinical trials, and innumerable caregiver-patient interactions, it continues to be deceptively difficult to verify this common sense expectation, says an Editorial article to appear in Canadian... Read more

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Over 50% of AF Patients Become Asymptomatic After Ablation

2017 23 Jan

More than half of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) become asymptomatic after catheter ablation, according to the largest study of the procedure published in European Heart Journal. The article details the in-hospital and one-year outcomes and management of 3,630 AF patients treated with catheter ablation in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. See... Read more