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Evidence-Based Management of Atrial Fibrillation

2021 22 Feb

The 2020 ESC Guidelines and the addition of Landiolol An overview of the updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation, developed in association with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. T he European Society of Cardiology (ESC) provides a range of scientific and educational activities,... Read more

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New ESC Guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation Published

2020 30 Nov

The European Society of Cardiology ( ESC ) has published their new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation during its congress this year*. The recently released guidelines replace the recommendations of the Society, which were published in 2016. One of the most interesting innovations is the approach towards characterization... Read more

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Atrial Fibrillation and Sepsis: A Life-Threatening Combination

2020 08 Oct

Almost half of the patients with sepsis suffer from myocardial depression and a reduced ejection fraction. Sepsis can also cause changes in circulating volume, vascular tone, and coronary blood flow, all of which affect heart function and heart rate. Serum catecholamine levels and direct measurements of renal sympathetic nerve activity have shown that... Read more

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New-Onset of Atrial Fibrillation in the ICU: a special challenge for heart failure patients

2020 23 Apr

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heartbeat irregularity and associated with development of stroke, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Vice versa, the structural and neurohormonal changes in heart failure (HF), when the contractility of the heart muscle is reduced, make the development and progression of AF much more likely.  HF itself... Read more

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Practice variation in managing AF during critical illness

2018 24 Apr

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia encountered in the intensive care unit. Pre-existing AF is highly prevalent among older patients with chronic conditions who are at risk for critical illness, while new-onset AF can be triggered by accelerated atrial remodelling and arrhythmogenic triggers encountered during critical illness. However,... Read more

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Are newer anticoagulants safer than warfarin?

2018 03 Apr

A new study compared outcomes among patients with atrial fibrillation hospitalised for bleeding after starting anticoagulation (warfarin, dabigatran, or rivaroxaban). Results show rivaroxaban and dabigatran were associated with shorter hospitalisations; however, there were no differences in 30- and 90-day mortality. These findings suggest bleeding... Read more

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High Incidence of New-Onset AF in the ICU

2015 25 Apr

A new study shows that new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia in the ICU, occurred in approximately 5 to 15 percent of all non-cardiac critically ill patients — a figure exceeding previous estimates. Also, hospital mortality in new-onset AF patients was higher than that of patients without AF, according to the study published in the... Read more

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New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Device

2014 12 Mar

As the first hospital in Illinois, the Loyola University Medical Center offers a new high-tech catheter device able to improve outcomes of patients treated for atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heartbeat. The treatment, entitled catheter ablation, involves burning selected spots of tissue inside the heart with the tip of a catheter,... Read more