Search Tag: atrial fibrillation

#EHRA2019: Simplified atrial fibrillation procedure could slash waiting lists

2019 27 Mar

The latest findings from the AVATAR-AF trial presented at EHRA 2019, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress, suggest that a catheter ablation procedure that includes only the bare essentials and delivers the same outcomes can slash waiting lists for atrial fibrillation patients. Researchers claim the simplified protocol could enable 30% more... Read more

2019 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of AF

2019 07 Feb

An update of the 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation has been released. The focused update includes revisions to the section on anticoagulation, revisions to the section on catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), revisions to the section on the management of AF complicating acute coronary syndrome... Read more

12th International Conference on Acute Cardiac Care 2020

2020 28 Jun

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS TO MAY 2021 Read more

Alcohol consumption and atrial fibrillation

2019 24 Jan

In a small cross-sectional study, regular alcohol intake at moderate levels was found to be associated with electrical and structural changes in atrial myocardium. The study is published in Heart Rhythm.  The study included 75 healthy patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation. Of the 75 participants, 25 were lifelong non-drinkers,... Read more

Capture atrial fibrillation using Preventicus with >95% accuracy

2018 22 Sep

International validation study published in Europace The European Journal of Pacing, Arrhythmias and Cardiac Electrophysiology of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Early detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for stroke prevention. Emerging technologies such as smartphone... Read more

Home-based wearable ECG monitoring patch improves AF diagnosis

2018 18 Jul

Among individuals at increased risk for atrial fibrillation (AF), use of a home-based self-applied electrocardiogram (ECG) patch facilitated AF diagnosis, according to a new study published in JAMA. Further research is needed regarding clinical implications of this finding, study authors note. For approximately 20 percent of individuals who... Read more

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

Preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation

2018 17 Apr

Atrial fibrillation (AF), which affects nearly 3 million adults in the U.S., is associated with increased risk of thromboembolic complications, especially stroke. Indeed, AF is a stronger risk factor than hypertension, coronary disease, or heart failure and is associated with an approximately five-fold increased risk of stroke, according to an article... Read more

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