Search Tag: atrial fibrillation

Depression increases risk for atrial fibrillation

2018 27 Mar

Preliminary research indicates that depression may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common heart rhythm disorder that can lead to blood clot formation and stroke. The findings presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2018 shed further light on the belief that mental health and heart health are closely... Read more

Catheter ablation better than drugs for treating AF

2018 06 Feb

The findings of the eight-year CASTLE-AF clinical trial provide strong data on the safety and efficacy of catheter ablation in treating atrial fibrillation (AF), which can cause heart failure. The trial showed radiofrequency catheter ablation lowered hospitalisation and mortality rates by 47 and 44 percent, respectively, in AF patients. The study,... Read more

Study: AF hospital mortality risk higher in rural areas

2017 12 Dec

According to researchers in the U.S., urban-rural differences exist when it comes to the risk of hospital mortality among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Their study shows that AF patients have a 17 percent increased risk of death in rural hospitals compared to their counterparts in urban hospitals. The findings are reported in the journal... Read more

Atrial fibrillation

2017 19 Sep

Latest treatments   New techniques in ablation and imaging are broadening the options for treating patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic atrial fibrillation.   Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common clinical arrhythmia seen in the daily clinic. It has an important impact on the economic health burden, as many patients are affected by... Read more

#ESC17: Implanted Cardiac Monitors Detect Undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation

2017 28 Aug

The incidence of previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) may be substantial in patients with risk factors for AF and stroke, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2017. By using implanted cardiac monitors, researchers detected nearly 30 percent of previously undiagnosed AF after 18 months in this high-risk... Read more

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... Read more

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

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 treatment persistent... Read more

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... Read more

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