Search Tag: atrial fibrillation

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AF to affect over 14 million people in the EU by 2060

2019 12 Jun

Urgent action is needed to prevent, detect and treat atrial fibrillation to stop a substantial rise in disabling strokes. That’s the main message of a paper published in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), during World Heart Rhythm Week. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and accounts... Read more

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Atrial fibrillation-related dementia

2019 08 May

University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have determined that atrial fibrillation (Afib) is independently associated with changes that occur with aging and dementia. "Atrial Fibrillation and Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging Abnormalities" published in Strokeadvances researchers’ understanding of the mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation-related... Read more

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#EHRA2019: BP control reduces risk of atrial fibrillation-associated dementia

2019 27 Mar

A South Korean study of more than 196,000 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) showed that blood pressure control in mid-life could reduce the risk of AF-associated dementia. The findings were presented at EHRA 2019, a congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).   The study is the first of its kind to show that AF patients in... Read more

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#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

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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