Search Tag: atrial fibrillation

Cardiology Management

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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