Search Tag: atrial fibrillation

New Guidelines For Peri- and Postoperative AFib

2014 29 Sep

Evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and treatment of perioperative and postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) and flutter for thoracic surgical procedures have been released by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). The new guidelines have been published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery . According... Read more

Bone Loss Drug Passes Trial; Side Effects Linger

2014 17 Sep

Merck & Co. plans to seek US marketing approval next year for its long-delayed experimental osteoporosis drug odanacatib, Reuters reported. Although the drug proved effective in a late-stage trial, its use was associated with rare thigh-bone fractures seen with standard treatments. Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning disease primarily affecting postmenopausal... Read more

Face Time for A-Fib Diagnosis

2014 04 Sep

The results of a pilot project were recently published in the journal Heart Rhythm and demonstrate that subtle changes in skin colour can be used to detect the uneven blood flow caused by atrial fibrillation. This technology, developed in a partnership between the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Xerox, uses a web camera... Read more

Mobile Apps for Tracking Heart Health

2014 03 Sep

Two mobile applications that allow patients to track heart health from home have recently been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These mobile apps are from two Silicon Valley startups, AliveCor and Vital Connect, according to an EIN News article. AliveCor said it has obtained the FDA's approval to detect serious heart conditions... Read more

Study: Perioperative AF Impacts Stroke Risk

2014 12 Aug

Patients experiencing atrial fibrillation (AF) while hospitalised for surgery have an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke, more so following noncardiac surgery, according to results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) . Data show that AF and flutter affect some 33 million people around the world.... Read more

Delayed Cardioversion Increases Thromboembolic Risk

2014 12 Aug

Correcting an abnormal cardiac rhythm from atrial fibrillation (AF) should be done urgently, according to recent findings which observed that delaying such action could lead to increased risk of thromboembolic complications. A study, seen in the August 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) , noted that a 12-hour delay... Read more

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

Electrical Energy Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Potentially Viable Alternative to Medication

2014 19 Feb

Treatment using electrical energy, opposed to medications, could be a viable first option for the treatment of certain type of Atrial Fibrillation  According to a study published in the February 19 issue of JAMA, treatment with electrical energy (radiofrequency ablation) administered to patients with untreated paroxysmal (intermittent) atrial... Read more

Delayed Enhancement MRI Useful For Determining Arrhythmia Treatment

2014 05 Feb

Heart tissue scarring measured non-invasively may help in  determining patients most suitable for procedure to treat irregular heart beat According to a study published in the February 5 issue of Jama  scarring of tissue in the upper chamber of the heart (atrium) was associated with recurrent rhythm disorder after treatment.   Left atrial... Read more

Atrial Fibrillation Seemingly Connected to Heart Attack Risk

2013 05 Nov

A new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine shows an association between atrial fibrillation (AF, an irregular heartbeat) and a nearly two-fold relative rise in the risk of myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack), especially in women and blacks. According to the findings, MI is a recognised risk factor for AF, however the extent to which... Read more