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Improving overall heart health may reduce risk of atrial fibrillation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:14:32 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Following practices recommended for "optimal" heart health may also reduce the risk of developing a serious heart-rhythm disorder, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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‘My treatment could be faster’ Pensioner takes seven medications a day for multi-illnesses

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:14:47 +0100

PHILIP Bell, 73, takes at least seven medications a day for illnesses which could kill him at any moment. The married former healthcare worker from Anglesey, North Wales, has atrial fibrillation, osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, an enlarged prostate, sleep apnoea and hearing loss. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Regular exercise after heart attack might halve risk of death over next few years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Should be recommended along with other lifestyle advice, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation risk lower with regular nut consumption Lifestyle factors biggest cause of heart disease risk variation E-health device helps heart failure patients better manage their condition Half of patients delay seeking help for heart attacks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



CardioFocus raises $13m

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:21:45 +0100

CardioFocus has raised $13 million in a new round of mixed financing, according to an SEC filing posted this week. Money in the round comes from a single unknown investor, according to the filing, with the first sale noted as having occurred on April 4. The Marlborough, Mass.-based company said that $2.6 million from the offering will go towards sales commissions and finders fees, according to the filing. CardioFocus is seeking an additional $8 million before closing the offering, bringing the total it hopes to raise up to $21 million. In February, CardioFocus said that it launched a clinical trial for the latest iteration of its HeartLight direct-visualization ablation device for treating atrial fibrillation. The post CardioFocus raises $13m appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Dev...



Obesity linked with higher chance of developing rapid, irregular heart rate

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Penn State) People with obesity are more likely to develop a rapid and irregular heart rate, called atrial fibrillation, which can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications, according to Penn State researchers. They found that people with obesity had a 40 percent higher chance of developing atrial fibrillation than people without obesity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Atrial fibrillation risk lower with regular nut consumption

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0100

People who regularly eat nuts have lower risk of AF – and perhaps also heart failure Related items fromOnMedica Long working hours linked to heightened irregular heart rhythm risk Blood-thinning drugs appear to protect against dementia in AF patients Diet for lowering blood pressure also reduces risk of kidney disease Eat range of unpeeled raw nuts to benefit heart, urge experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Nuts May Be Good for the Heart, but Are Hardly a Miracle Food

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:59:38 +0100

Eating nuts was tied to a lower risk for atrial fibrillation, but may not lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes. (Source: NYT Health)



Apixaban Effective in AF Patients Scheduled for Cardioversion Apixaban Effective in AF Patients Scheduled for Cardioversion

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:19:56 +0100

Apixaban is safe and effective for anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) scheduled for cardioversion, according to results from the EMANATE trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Cardiome Completes Enrollment in the Post Approval Safety Study SPECTRUM Evaluating Brinavess(R)

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:45:54 +0100

VANCOUVER, April 17, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM), a revenue-generating, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing hospital drugs, today announced completion of enrollme... Biopharmaceuticals, Cardiology Cardiome Pharma, BRINAVESS, vernakalant, atrial fibrillation (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



Nut Consumption Associated With Reduced Risk of A-Fib

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:53 +0100

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 -- Nut consumption is associated with reduced risk of atrial fibrillation, according to a study published online April 16 in Heart. Susanna C. Larsson, Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



WATCH: Could caffeine be good for your heart?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:43:08 +0100

Studies suggest regular coffee use protects patients from atrial fibrillation. (Source: ABC News: Health)

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AHA: A Call for Deeper Understanding of AFib

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:04:43 +0100

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not. But this all-too-common heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Apr 13, 2018 This Week in Cardiology Apr 13, 2018 This Week in Cardiology

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:12:44 +0100

Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery, long QT syndrome, exercise for CV prevention, a new risk factor for mothers, and coronary obstruction post TAVR are discussed in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Does AF Cause Cognitive Decline and Dementia? Does AF Cause Cognitive Decline and Dementia?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:14:56 +0100

This paper aims to elucidate the complex association between atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline. Might AF be an independent risk factor for Alzheimer disease and other dementias?Europace (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Stroke Prevention in AF: What are Your Options?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:13:26 +0100

The path to reducing risk of stroke in AF patients is far from straight and narrow. A case and 3 questions test your clinical navigation skills. (Source: ConsultantLive)



Post-CABG AF: Not So Benign

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:18:52 +0100

Post-procedure AF, once thought to be an artifact of healing, turns out to be a sign of significant risk, a new study finds. (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Cardiac arrest and atrial fibrillation in a patient after hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) bite - Namal Rathnayaka RMMK, Nishanthi Ranathunga PEA, Ranaweera J, Jayasekara K, Kularatne SAM.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:42:08 +0100

A 42-year-old previously healthy male patient died 16 days after a proven hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) envenoming due to multi-organ failure. On admission he had cardiac arrest that recovered from cardiopulmonary resuscitation then developed atri... (Source: SafetyLit)



Exercise Could Lower Your Chances of Getting Heart Disease Even if You ’re Genetically at Risk

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:25:31 +0100

About one in four deaths in the United States are due to heart disease. But a new study suggests that even if you have a genetic risk for heart disease, there’s a simple way to combat it: Exercise. In the study, researchers looked at data from nearly 500,000 people from England, Scotland and Wales who were participating in a trial called the U.K. Biobank Study. At the start of the trial, the men and women allowed researchers to assess their genetic predispositions for heart disease. They also self-reported their exercise, wore accelerometers to subjectively measure their daily physical activity, wore hand dynamometers to measure their grip strength, and underwent a cycling test to measure their heart fitness. MORE: The New Science of Exercise The researchers looked at people who had...



Medical News Today: Possible causes of a bubbling feeling in the chest

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0100

A bubbling or gurgling feeling in the chest may have many possible causes. Causes could include asthma, atrial fibrillation, bronchitis, a collapsed lung, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or in rarer cases, a lung tumor. Learn more about the possible causes of a bubbling feeling in the chest here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Thromboembolic Risk (if Any) Is Short-Lived in Post-Op AF Thromboembolic Risk (if Any) Is Short-Lived in Post-Op AF

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:07:14 +0100

Chronic anticoagulation isn't called for in all atrial fibrillation; AF after bypass surgery is a different creature than primary AF and doesn't seem to raise long-term thromboembolic risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Could BioSig Play a Vital Role in the Bioelectronics Market?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 03:08:46 +0100

BioSig Technologies is hoping to make an impact in the $4.6 billion electrophysiology (EP) market with its first product offering. The Santa Monica, CA-based company is developing the Pure EP system, a surface electrocardiogram and intracardiac multichannel device. BioSig filed said it filed for FDA clearance of the Pure EP system in late March. Once the company receives FDA clearance then it would turn its attention toward gaining regulatory clearance in Europe. “We feel like we’ve made a very robust submission to FDA,” Ken Londoner, founder and CEO of BioSig, told MD+DI. The Pure EP System is designed to cut through the background noise of the lab and its equipment during cardiac recordings, enabling physicians to target and neutralize the areas of the heart that are causing atr...

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ECG Challenge: Is This an Effect of AFib Treatment? ECG Challenge: Is This an Effect of AFib Treatment?

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:12:11 +0100

A man with atrial fibrillation, treated with a beta-blocker, undergoes a routine ECG. What does it show?Medscape Cardiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



New EHRA Practical Guide on Novel Oral Anticoagulants New EHRA Practical Guide on Novel Oral Anticoagulants

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:07:31 +0100

The guideline focuses on patients with atrial fibrillation but also addresses NOACs in other valvular conditions and special situations, such as the frail, elderly, and very obese.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Atrial Fibrillation - Medscape Atrial Fibrillation - Medscape

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0100

Atrial fibrillation clinical information, medical news, and guidelines. Includes the latest research, journal articles, Medscape TV, cases, quizzes, and peer discussion of atrial fibrillation.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Lower Thromboembolic Risk With New A-Fib After CABG Versus NVAF

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:00:01 +0100

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 -- For patients post coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, new-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is associated with lower long-term thromboembolic risk than that seen among patients with nonvalvular... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



Medtronic plans $1.2B debt, share buyback plan

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:30:04 +0100

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it is launching a $1.2 billion share and debt buyback effort, looking to redeem the full amount over the course of its 2019 fiscal year. The Fridley, Minn.-based company said it expects to redeem $400 million in 5.6% senior notes due 2019 and $765.6 million in 4.45% senior notes due 2020, which a redemption date of April 27, 2018. Medtronic said that it “believes the redemption represents an attractive opportunity to deploy its capital efficiently, given the economic benefit of lower net interest expense and lower average cost of debt outstanding,” according to an SEC filing. The repurchasing is in addition to the company’s planned repurchases to offset employee compensation dilution, Medtronic said, and will be made pursuant to the compa...

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More than concussions: Football players also face increased cardiovascular risks, according to study

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:50:11 +0100

(Natural News) Data presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session revealed that football players develop “structural changes in the heart and face an elevated risk of heart rhythm disorders later in life.” Even though earlier studies have determined similarly increased rates of atrial fibrillation (AFib) in endurance athletes like long-distance runners,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Medical News Today: Depression may raise risk of abnormal heart rate

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

A new study has found that people with depression are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation. In fact, they are around 30 percent likelier to develop it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:15:07 +0100

At least 2.7 million Americans live with atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). (Source: WebMD Health)



Depression linked to higher risks of a heart rhythm disorder

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:07:44 +0100

Those who suffer from depression may be at a 30 percent higher risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder in the US, new American Heart Association research says. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:03:40 +0100

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 -- Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that's been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests. A person's risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Smartwatch App Might Help Detect A-Fib

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:14:06 +0100

Smartwatches may help detect a serious heart rhythm irregularity known as atrial fibrillation. (Source: WebMD Health)



Study: Apple Watches paired with Cardiogram can detect a-fib

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:28:35 +0100

Smartwatches were able to detect atrial fibrillation when paired with a  deep neural network, according to a study published today in JAMA. While the technology had the ability to passively detected atrial fibrillation, there was some loss of sensitivity and specificity against the gold-standard ECG.  (Source: mobihealthnews)



Smartwatch App Might Help Detect A-Fib

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:03:41 +0100

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 -- Smartwatches already can help you track your heart rate. Someday they may also help detect a serious heart rhythm irregularity known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests. " Atrial fibrillation is the most common... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Medtronic touts reduced AF, improved activity in AdaptivCRT studies

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:16:59 +0100

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today released results from two real-world analyses of its AdaptivCRT algorithm, touting that its use was linked to a reduction in atrial fibrillation episodes and higher patient activity levels. Results from the analyses, which involved a total of 408 patients at 26 centers in Italy, were presented at the European Heart Rhythm Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, the company said. Medtronic’s AdaptivCRT algorithm is designed to adjust pacing to the heart dependent upon evaluations of heart rhythm made every minute, the company said. The program has been shown to increase CRT response rate, reduce unnecessary ventricular pacing and improve clinical outcomes fro patients with normal av conduction in clinical trials. “The Adapti...



Apixaban is a safe alternative to warfarin during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(European Society of Cardiology) Apixaban and warfarin are equally safe during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, according to results of the AXAFA-AFNET 5 trial presented today in a late-breaking trial session at EHRA 2018, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress.1 There were similar rates of stroke and bleeding, and an improvement in cognitive function was shown for the first time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Healing the Patient of Tomorrow

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:19:12 +0100

Products on well-understood commercialization tracks often take an incremental approach rather than trying to create paradigm-shifting technologies. In this blog, I’ll take a look at medical devices that are on a commercialization track to heal the patient of tomorrow in a way that is substantially better than previous offerings. They are generally broken into three broad categories based on their advantages over existing medical devices: either healing the patient at home, fixing issues with existing devices, or creating non-invasive diagnostic tools. Connected Home Use Devices Connected home-use devices allow a patient to undergo most of their recovery or treatment at home. This increases opportunities for rest and connects unedited patient data directly to the physician rather than ge...



New Expert Statement on Arrhythmias and Cognitive Function New Expert Statement on Arrhythmias and Cognitive Function

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:10:04 +0100

Anticoagulation for patients with atrial fibrillation is at the core of the expert consensus document, which also highlights the enormous need for further research in this area.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Anticoagulation Challenge II: The Older Patient

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:21:15 +0100

Consider this case of a 92-year-old man who presents with permanent atrial fibrillation and multiple comorbidities. Should he be anticoagulated? (Source: ConsultantLive)



Medtronic touts one-year data on Arctic Front Advance cryoballoon

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:03:37 +0100

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today touted results from a clinical trial of its Arctic Front Advance cryoballoon for treating atrial fibrillation. Results from the 130-patient Cryo4Persistent AF trial, presented at the annual meeting of the European Heart Rhythm Assn. in Barcelona, is an open-label, single-arm study with a primary outcome of single-procedure success at 12 months. Single-procedure success is defined as “absence of adjudicated AF/atrial flutter/atrial tachyarrhythmias” of 30 or more seconds, clocked after a 90-day blanking period following the cryoablation procedure, according to ClinicalTrials.gov. Medtronic said the study showed a 60.7% rate of freedom from all atrial arrhythmias of 30 seconds or more. For the secondary outcome, acute procedural success, the study show...



Anticoagulation Challenge: The Post-PCI Patient

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:58:34 +0100

A 76-year-old woman with drug eluting stent placed post-STEMI will need an antiplatelet regimen. What would you recommend? (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Study finds the heart can terminate atrial fibrillation itself after local gene therapy

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(European Society of Cardiology) The heart is capable of terminating arrhythmias itself after local gene therapy, potentially avoiding the need for patients to undergo painful electric shocks, according to a proof-of-concept study presented today at EHRA 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



New EHRA Practical Guide on non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants launched

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(European Society of Cardiology) A new version of the EHRA Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with atrial fibrillation is published online today in European Heart Journal and an executive summary in EP Europace, and presented at EHRA 2018, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress.1-3 The guide, now in its third edition with more than 400,000 copies of previous versions distributed worldwide, was produced by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a branch of the ESC. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Medical News Today: What is a left atrial enlargement?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0100

Left atrial enlargement is linked to several conditions, including atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Learn more about the causes and treatment. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Stroke prevention drugs may help reduce dementia risk for atrial fibrillation patients

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(European Society of Cardiology) Patients with atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention medications, according to recommendations published online today in EP Europace1, a European Society of Cardiology journal, and presented at EHRA 2018.2 The international consensus document was also published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), and Journal of Arrhythmia, the official journal of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS) and the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



AliveCor touts high precision AF detection, AI-powered hyperkalemia detection in KardiaBand studies

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:20:24 +0100

AliveCor this week announced results from two studies of its Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) smartphone-connected KardiaBand personal electrocardiogram device, touting the bands ability to detect atrial fibrillation and its ability to detect high potassium levels. Results from the studies, which were presented this week at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session, provide more support to the usefulness and validity of the band as a cardiovascular health monitor, AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra told MassDevice.com in an interview. “Doctors will read healthcare news, but until once it’s been peer reviewed in a study, that’s when you start to see the tide turn,” Gundotra said. “We’re humbled by the cardiology community’s acceptance of A...

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Finnish university develops hardware-free smartphone a-fib detector

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:29:02 +0100

A smartphone app developed the University of Turku, Finland, detected Turku University Hospital patients ’ atrial fibrillation with 96 percent accuracy, without the need for additional phone attachments, according to a study recently published in the journal Circulation. (Source: mobihealthnews)



Mobile application detecting atrial fibrillation reduces the risk of stroke

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Turku) A new application developed at the University of Turku, Finland, can detect atrial fibrillation that causes strokes. Atrial fibrillation can be detected with the mobile phone application without any extra equipment. The mobile application can save lives all over the world as timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation is crucial for effective stroke prevention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Potential RNA Markers of abnormal heart rhythms identified in circulating blood

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:00:00 +0100

(Tokyo Medical and Dental University) The irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke and heart failure, but is often undiagnosed because of a lack of symptoms. Now, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) researchers have identified four short lengths of RNA (miRNAs) that show increased expression in the circulating blood of AF patients. These miRNAs could be used as potential biomarkers to predict the onset of AF disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Symptoms, ECG, and Treatment Medications

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Symptoms, ECG, and Treatment MedicationsCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)



Atrial Fibrillation vs. Ventricular Fibrillation (AFib vs VFib Symptoms, ECG Strips)

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Atrial Fibrillation vs. Ventricular Fibrillation (AFib vs VFib Symptoms, ECG Strips)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 5/10/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)

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Study: iRhythm's Zio patch streamlines a-fib diagnosis, care, but no word yet on outcomes

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:28:30 +0100

Patients at increased risk for atrial fibrillation wearing iRhythm ’s Zio patch — a  continuous ECG monitoring wearable — were more likely to have their atrial fibrillation diagnosed early and receive subsequent preventive care, according to one-year results from a late-breaking study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting.  (Source: mobihealthnews)



ECG Patch Ups At-Home Afib Diagnosis in mSToPS Trial

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:45:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Remote atrial fibrillation monitoring feasible in at-risk population (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)



New studies show AliveCor's KardiaBand can detect AFib, hyperkalemia with high accuracy

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:56:53 +0100

Over the weekend AliveCor announced that its technology was validated in two studies. The first found that its KardiaBand, which works as a personal electrocardiogram device, can accurately detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) when used with the Apple Watch. The second study, which was a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic found that its ECG device, when paired with AI, could detect hyperkalemia.   (Source: mobihealthnews)



mSTOPS: Wearable Patch ECG Detects More AF Than Routine Care mSTOPS: Wearable Patch ECG Detects More AF Than Routine Care

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 01:03:24 +0100

Use of the patch resulted in more diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation, but at least at 1 year, there were no differences in clinical outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



New Late-Breaking Study Finds Wearable Electrocardiogram (ECG) Monitoring Patch Can Detect Atrial Fibrillation Earlier and More Efficiently than Routine Care

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:05:44 +0100

(Source: Johnson and Johnson)

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Making AI Matter in Healthcare

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 01:17:52 +0100

Healthcare is just as prone to fall victim to hype and irrational exuberance as any other complex industry. And the more revolutionary the promise, the more outrageous the overstatements could be. Artificial intelligence has certainly been one of those "next big things" for some time in healthcare. Whether branded as "big data and analytics" or "automated clinical decision support," the results of technology-assisted care, especially in non-clinical and non-emergent settings, have been uneven at best. But a new report indicates AI's time in healthcare is nigh, and technology and policy pioneers are doing their best to ensure the hopes aren't all hype. The report, written by the JASON advisory group, was commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the Robert Wood...



Digoxin for AF: Mortality Risk Seen to Vary With Serum Levels Digoxin for AF: Mortality Risk Seen to Vary With Serum Levels

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:10:30 +0100

Could its risks outweigh benefits in atrial fibrillation? Another study argues yes. But if digoxin risk varies with serum levels in AF, maybe serum level checks would help keep them in a safe range.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Ask How Do You Know if Atrial Fibrillation

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

How Do You Know if You Have Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



Ask Can a Person Live with Atrial Fibrillation

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Can a Person Live with Atrial Fibrillation? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



Ask Can Atrial Fibrillation Go Away on Its Own

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Can Atrial Fibrillation Go Away on Its Own? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)

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How to Assess and Manage Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation? How to Assess and Manage Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:29:05 +0100

Drs Acharya, Friedman, and Klaas discuss when to anticoagulate patients with atrial fibrillation; additional factors that contribute to stroke risk; and treatment options for stroke prevention.Mayo Clinic (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Atrial Fibrillation: A Common Irregularity with Effective Solutions

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Caring for the Ages Editor in Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, talks about atrial fibrillation and how this condition can be managed successfully. (Source: Caring for the Ages)



ECG on smartwatch accurately detects AFib

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(American College of Cardiology) A newly-designed wristband and corresponding app that works with a smartwatch can accurately display the heart's electrical activity and notify people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) if their heart is beating normally or not, according to data being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session. In one-third of cases, the rhythm picked up by the wearable device was unclassified; however, when coupled with physician's review, it could reliably differentiate between AFib and normal heart rhythm. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



SQI Test Detects Heart Attack Before It Happens

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:02:45 +0100

There isn't a  shortage in the number of companies developing tests for cancer detection. However, it’s a far different story when it comes to diagnostics for cardiovascular diseases. Two companies are bringing a huge spotlight to the space and have created a test that can predict a cardiac event. SQI Diagnostics and Predictive Health Diagnostics (PHD) announced the validation, commercial transition, and development of the PULS Cardiac Test. "This is a serum blood test for all those people who look healthy and have normal lipids, yet still go on to have a heart attack," Douglas Harrington, CEO of PHD, told MD+DI.  "The way it works is the real event that causes heart attacks begins with pretty radical damage to the lining of your arteries. When that occurs the body sends signals to ...



AtriCure beats the Street during Q4, analysts predict ‘ growth acceleration ’

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:02:43 +0100

AtriCure (Nasdaq: ATRC) — an innovator in treatments for atrial fibrillation and left atrial appendage management — is enjoying a rise in its stock value today after releasing results that beat the Street. Mason, Ohio–based AtriCure’s stock was up 67 cents per share, or 3.7%, closing at $18.99. The company reported yesterday evening that it revenue for the quarter ended Dec. 31 was up nearly 12% year-over-year, to $46.1 million. Analyst polled by Yahoo! Finance had predicted $45.4 million in revenue. Analysts Danielle Antalffy and Rebecca Wang at Leerink suspect Atricure’s U.S. open business is “poised for growth acceleration in 2018 and beyond in this highly underpenetrated market,” and are giving the company’s stock an outperform rating. AtriCure ...

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CardioFocus launches trial for next-gen HeartLight device

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:54:52 +0100

CardioFocus said today that it’s launching a clinical trial for the latest iteration of its HeartLight direct-visualization ablation device for treating atrial fibrillation. A company representative told MassDevice.com that the 60-patient study of the HeartLight X3, the next generation of the HeartLight Excalibur balloon that won CE Mark approval in the European Union last September. The first cases in the study were performed by Dr. Petr Neužil of Prague’s Na Homolce Hospital. HeartLight X3 is designed to allow electrophysiologists to control the delivery of laser energy through direct visual guidance to isolate pulmonary veins with a high procedural flexibility. The first HeartLight version won 510(k) clearance from the FDA in April 2016. “The potential reduction...



Colorado biotech reports drug test results; shares nosedive

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:00:55 +0100

A Westminster biopharmaceutical announced the results of a test of its drug treatment for atrial fibrillation and its shares were plummeting early Monday. Arca Biopharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ABIO) released the results of a test of its Gencaro treatment for cardiovascular disease. In early Monday trading, its shares were down more than 58 percent, falling 94 cents to 66 cents. The drug test involved 267 patients who were given either an active control, met oprolol succinate (Toprol-XL) or Gencaro. "In… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Feb 23, 2018 This Week in Cardiology Feb 23, 2018 This Week in Cardiology

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:49:45 +0100

Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery, radial vs ulnar cath access, aspirin for heart failure, VTE prophylaxis and low-fat vs high-carb diets are discussed in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Ask What Can Trigger Atrial Fibrillation

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0100

What Can Trigger Atrial Fibrillation? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)



Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:02:19 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 -- Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation -- the common irregular heartbeat -- might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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Medtronic is Making the Most of Value-Based Care

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:33:34 +0100

Medical device companies of all sizes have embraced value-based healthcare in recent years, and one of the industry's top companies is now beginning to see its value-based care programs pay off. "I know I have spoken a lot about value-based healthcare, but I'm particularly pleased to see this translate into real numbers, which have real differentiating value for Medtronic," CEO Omar Ishrak said during Medtronic's third-quarter earnings call Tuesday, according to Seeking Alpha transcripts. Learn more about the future of innovation in the value-based care system at the BIOMEDevice Boston conference, April 18-19, 2018. Use promo code "MDDI" for 20% off registration. Ishrak said the company's Tyrx absorbable antibacterial envelope is just one example of innovation being linked directly to an ...



Cincinnati medical device maker gets board refresh

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:58:32 +0100

Medical device maker AtriCure Inc. revealed today that Scott Drake will become chairman of the board of the publicly traded company in May. Drake, previously CEO of medical device maker Spectranetics Corp., has been a director of Mason-based AtriCure since September 2013. The company (Nasdaq: ATRC) is best known for making medical devices to treat atrial fibrillation, a common malady characterized by an irregular and fast heartbeat. Richard Johnston, a director of Atricure since 2002 and chairman… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Blacks with atrial fibrillation have significantly higher risk of stroke than whites

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Elsevier) Blacks have a higher incidence of stroke and stroke-associated disability than whites. However, few studies have evaluated racial differences in stroke before a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF). A new report published in HeartRhythm examined stroke risk in the short term prior to a diagnosis of AF. Investigators determined that, although blacks have a lower risk of developing AF, blacks with AF have a significantly higher risk of stroke during this period compared with whites with AF. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



African Americans with atrial fibrillation at significantly higher risk for stroke compared to Caucasians with the disease

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) African Americans with atrial fibrillation (AF) -- a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to a host of dangerous complications -- have a significantly higher risk of stroke than Caucasians with the condition, according to new research published today in HeartRhythm by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



7 Cardiology Trials to Look for in 2018 7 Cardiology Trials to Look for in 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:24:47 +0100

Trials on PCSK9 inhibitors, antiplatelets, anticoagulants, and even catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation are among Drs Harrington and Gibson's picks for what to look for in 2018.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:02:08 +0100

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 -- Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints -- but cannot prove -- that the drugs might... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Credit card-sized atrial fibrillation testers given to practices around England

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0100

KardiaMobile is a small device the size of a credit card that can detect AF through a person ’s fingertips.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)



Is FDA Getting More Cozy with AI?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:25:50 +0100

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly on the rise in healthcare. From fledging medtech companies to established giants like Watson IBM—many firms are riding the current AI wave. Not only are companies embracing technology, but so is FDA. Recently the agency gave approval to San Francisco-based Viz.ai’s Contact application, a type of clinical decision support software designed to analyze CT results that could notify providers of a potential stroke in their patients. “What it’s doing is comparing the imaging features in that patient with the millions of images it has been trained on in the past, in order to identify a specific disease, which is a large vessel occlusion,” Chris Mansi MD, president and CEO of Viz.ai, told MD+DI. Once the Contact Application analyz...



Atrial Fibrillation: Is Screening a Good Idea? Atrial Fibrillation: Is Screening a Good Idea?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:42:14 +0100

We can detect more cases of atrial fibrillation with widespread screening. But should we?Georgetown University Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



The Neurohormonal Axis of the Left Atrial Appendage

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:17:34 +0100

A small single-center study yields provocative results that may help increase understanding of the importance of the left atrial appendage.   (Source: ConsultantLive)

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Prophylactic LAA Closure for Stroke Prevention in AF: Is it Really As Good An Idea As We Thought?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:51:50 +0100

Results of the largest study to assess impact of left atrial appendage closure during routine non-AF-related cardiac surgery raise a few new questions.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



More Evidence Migraine Ups Cardiovascular Disease Risk More Evidence Migraine Ups Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:12:22 +0100

This study expands the findings to include venous thromboembolism, atrial fibrillation, and other cardiovascular diseases.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Lipoprotein(a) and Atrial Fibrillation: What Association?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:15:15 +0100

A recent study finds an unexepcted association between the CVD biomarker lipoprotein(a), atrial fibrillation, and stroke.   (Source: ConsultantLive)



Upstate now offers Watchman implant to reduce stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:37:38 +0100

The Watchman implant is designed to keep harmful blood clots from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)



Nine Things to Remember About CASTLE-AF Nine Things to Remember About CASTLE-AF

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:40:35 +0100

Ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure lowered all-cause mortality in this trial, but Dr Mandrola urges electrophysiologists not to overextrapolate these impressive results.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms And Stroke Prevention

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:44:04 +0100

23 hours ago ... To mark American Heart Month, AARP produced this article in collaboration with the American Heart Association, along with more articles, videos and quizzes available at aarp.org/hearthealth. To receive essential heart-health tips every day in February, download the AARP app or follow us on Facebook  ... (Source: AARP.org News)



Mortality Falls After AF Ablation in HF: CASTLE-AF in Print Mortality Falls After AF Ablation in HF: CASTLE-AF in Print

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:06:51 +0100

' It seems reasonable to be more aggressive in offering ablation for atrial fibrillation,'says the author of an editorial on the trial, which randomly assigned patients with symptomatic AF and reduced-EF heart failure.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:01:20 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 -- For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers found that when patients received the heart procedure, their risk of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



J & J ’ s Biosense Webster launches WaveCrest study

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:05:10 +0100

Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Biosense Webster said today that the first patient has been enrolled in an investigational device exemption trial for its WaveCrest system. The 1,250-patient study is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of the WaveCrest left atrial appendage occlusion system as a way to reduce the risk of embolic stroke in atrial fibrillation patients. “The WaveCrest System is designed to enable physicians to close the heart’s LAA, where most stroke-causing blood clots occur,” Dr. Larry Chinitz, who treated the first patient in the trial at New York University Hospital, said in prepared remarks. “For patients with AFib seeking an alternative to anticoagulants or blood thinners, this may be an important procedural option that could r...



Cooper gets $982K to combat disparities in heart care

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:34:36 +0100

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is providing a $982,000 grant to support a project by Cooper University Health Care ’s Urban Health Institute to address disparities in heart care. The initiative, called "Reducing Disparities in Cardiovascular Care through Optimization of Risk Factors in Vulnerable Populations," will: The project will target Medicaid patients from Camden and the surrounding region with a his tory of atrial fibrillation, heart attack or stroke, who are failing medical treatment… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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FDA report reaffirms safety profile and effectiveness of Bayer's Xarelto ® in routine clinical practice

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0100

A report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety confirms the safety profile and effectiveness of Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) in people with atrial fibrillation (AF). The study is based on electronic healthcare data within the Mini-Sentinel safety programme in the US, reporting data on a large real-world population of over 115,000 people prescribed rivaroxaban or warfarin. (Source: World Pharma News)



First Patient Enrolled in U.S. IDE Study To Evaluate the Potential of New Device To Reduce Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:57:34 +0100

Biosense Webster, Inc. Launches U.S. Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the WaveCrest® Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion System IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Johnson & Johnson Medical De... Devices, Interventional Cardiology Biosense Webster, Johnson & Johnson, WaveCrest, Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)



Symptomatic AF and Risk of Cardiovascular Events Symptomatic AF and Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:14:39 +0100

Is persistence or development of symptoms, despite medical treatment, an independent prognostic marker in atrial fibrillation?Europace (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Cirrhosis Is a Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation Cirrhosis Is a Risk Factor for Atrial Fibrillation

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:15:28 +0100

Is cirrhosis an independent risk factor for development of atrial fibrillation?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Does older age increase the risk of atrial fibrillation?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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CardioFocus expands HeartLight partnership deal with Japan Lifeline

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:46:06 +0100

CardioFocus said today it is expanding its partnership deal with Japan Lifeline to increase the scope of its Japanese commercialization efforts and to explore commercialization of its HeartLight System in other Asia Pacific markets. The Marlborough, Mass.-based company’s HeartLight system is designed to allow electrophysiologists to control the delivery of laser energy through direct visual guidance to isolate pulmonary veins with a high procedural flexibility. The device includes a compliant balloon to accommodate diverse PV anatomies and has a short learning curve to allow for quick adoption of the tech, the company said. “In Japan, physicians are responding very positively to the HeartLight System. We are eager to continue the commercial launch and bring this revolutionary new ...



Avoidable cardiac deaths as women receive different treatment

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Women have three times higher excess mortality in year after heart attack Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men Heart rehabilitation services neglect women Migraines linked to cardiovascular disease and death in women Heavy drinking is bad for women's hearts Hospitals fail women with myocardial infarction (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



ECG Screening Gains No Traction in Draft USPSTF Recommendations ECG Screening Gains No Traction in Draft USPSTF Recommendations

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:25:12 +0100

Citing a paucity of data, the task force did not commit itself on ECG screening for atrial fibrillation in low-risk seniors and retained a recommendation against its use for CVD in low-risk adults.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



NOACs for Atrial Fibrillation: Important Drug/Drug Interactions NOACs for Atrial Fibrillation: Important Drug/Drug Interactions

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:30 +0100

What drugs have important interactions with direct Xa and direct thrombin inhibitors?Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)