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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

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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