Search Tag: atrial fibrillation

ICU Management

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

Cardiology Management

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

ICU Management

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

Cardiology Management

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

Cardiology Management

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

Cardiology Management

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

Health Management

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

Cardiology Management

#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

Cardiology Management

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

Cardiology Management

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