Arrhythmia

Stroke Risk in Afib Reduced With Vitamin K Antagonist Therapy

Stroke Risk in Afib Reduced With Vitamin K Antagonist Therapy

Vitamin K antagonist monotherapy is linked to reduced risk of MI and stroke in patients with Afib.

Heart Failure Risk in Women With Afib

Heart Failure Risk in Women With Afib

Researchers found four modifiable factors that account for heart failure risk in women with atrial fibrillation.

Drone Use Plausible for Cardiac Arrest Emergencies

Drone Use Plausible for Cardiac Arrest Emergencies

New research suggests that drones can be used to quickly deliver defibrillators in sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.

Recommendations to Prepare for Cardiac Arrest In-Flight

Recommendations to Prepare for Cardiac Arrest In-Flight

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Researchers presented new recommendations for handling in-flight cardiac arrest emergencies at the Euroanaesthesia 2017 meeting.

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Guidelines on Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Guidelines on Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

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The American Association for Thoracic Surgery has developed evidence-based guidelines on the use of surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Reduced With Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Reduced With Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Postoperative atrial fibrillation occurred in 12% and 36% of the low-level vagus nerve stimulation and control groups, respectively.

Lone Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Characteristics in Children

Lone Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Characteristics in Children

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Children aged 15-19 years appear to have the greatest risk of developing lone atrial fibrillation.

Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia Treated With Novel Nasal Spray

Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia Treated With Novel Nasal Spray

Experimental nasal spray etripamil may benefit patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.

Therapeutic Hypothermia May Improve Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest

Therapeutic Hypothermia May Improve Brain Function After Cardiac Arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia minimizes risk of brain injury in patients with cardiac arrest.

Long-Detection Programming in Single-Chamber Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators Reduces Shocks and Pacing

Long-Detection Programming in Single-Chamber Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators Reduces Shocks and Pacing

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Long-detection programming improved survival, decreased the likelihood of hospitalization, and reduced therapy in patients with single-chamber ICDs.

Cardiac Arrest-Related Disability Reduced With Bystander CPR

Cardiac Arrest-Related Disability Reduced With Bystander CPR

Administration of CPR by a bystander after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest reduced disability in patients.

Left Atrial Appendage Isolation for Stable Sinus Rhythm

Left Atrial Appendage Isolation for Stable Sinus Rhythm

Although stable sinus rhythm was achieved in some patients after LAA isolation, embolic stroke and LAA thrombus formation was still problematic.

Dementia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Increases With Delayed Anticoagulation

Dementia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Increases With Delayed Anticoagulation

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The delayed start of anticoagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation has been linked to an increase risk for dementia.

Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Benefits From Rivaroxaban, Dabigatran

Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Benefits From Rivaroxaban, Dabigatran

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Direct oral anticoagulation reduced the risk of congestive heart failure admissions and all-cause mortality in both genders.

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators Safe, Effective for Pediatric Patients

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators Safe, Effective for Pediatric Patients

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All arrhythmic episodes were successfully converted, and no deaths were reported.

Implantable Cardiac Devices, Abandoned Leads Pose Little Risk in MRI

Implantable Cardiac Devices, Abandoned Leads Pose Little Risk in MRI

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Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be safe in patients with implantable cardiac devices and abandoned leads.

Sudden Cardiac Death/Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

Sudden Cardiac Death/Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

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The annual risk of sudden cardiac death/ventricular arrhythmias was higher in patients with atrial fibrillation vs patients without atrial fibrillation.

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Predicted by Plasma Catecholamines

Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Predicted by Plasma Catecholamines

The composite preoperative adrenergic plasma marker was associated with a 4-fold increase of developing postoperative atrial fibrillation.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Improves Diagnosis in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Improves Diagnosis in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

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Cardiac magnetic resonance was superior to transthoracic echocardiogram in identifying a pathologic substrate in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Does Azithromycin Therapy Increase Odds of Ventricular Arrhythmia?

Does Azithromycin Therapy Increase Odds of Ventricular Arrhythmia?

Researchers compared the risk of ventricular arrhythmia in patients taking azithromycin vs amoxicillin.

GI Bleeding Risk in Non-Valvular AF Lower With Apixaban

GI Bleeding Risk in Non-Valvular AF Lower With Apixaban

Gastrointestinal bleeding risk was assessed in patients given apixaban vs those given dabigatran or rivaroxaban.

Renin-Angiotensin System Inhibition Effect on Post-MI Mortality and New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation

Renin-Angiotensin System Inhibition Effect on Post-MI Mortality and New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation

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Renin-angiotensin system inhibition was linked with a reduced 3-year risk of all-cause mortality in patients with congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Obesity Paradox Reported for CVD Death Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation

Obesity Paradox Reported for CVD Death Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation

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A systematic review of BMI and major adverse events in AF concluded that further evidence is necessary to clarify the relationship between obesity and AF.

Do Non-Selective NSAIDs Increase Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Risk

Do Non-Selective NSAIDs Increase Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Risk

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Researchers found that use of NSAIDs like naproxen and ibuprofen were linked to increased out-of-hospital cardiac arrest risk.

Preventing Supraventricular Tachyarrythmia With Sotalol Vs Alternative Antiarrhythmics

Preventing Supraventricular Tachyarrythmia With Sotalol Vs Alternative Antiarrhythmics

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Researchers conducted a meta-analysis to compare the safety and efficacy of sotalol vs amiodarone or beta-blockers to prevent supraventricular arrhythmias.

Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Higher Mortality in STEMI

Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Higher Mortality in STEMI

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Atrial fibrillation was associated with a higher risk of adjusted in-hospital mortality and bleeding complications after both PCI and CABG.

Higher CHADS<sub>2</sub> Score in Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

Higher CHADS2 Score in Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

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CHADS2 scores in patients with atrial fibrillation are associated with increased risk of developing dementia.

Zika Virus Impacts Cardiovascular Health

Zika Virus Impacts Cardiovascular Health

Patients infected with Zika virus developed arrhythmia or heart failure, according to researchers.

Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence Not Reduced With Aggressive Blood Pressure Control

Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence Not Reduced With Aggressive Blood Pressure Control

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Aggressive blood pressure treatment did not reduce atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation.

Dabigatran Bleeding Risk Stratified by Age in Atrial Fibrillation

Dabigatran Bleeding Risk Stratified by Age in Atrial Fibrillation

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Compared with warfarin, there were lower rates of stroke with dabigatran 110 mg and 150 mg twice daily.

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