Arrhythmia

Traumatic Life Events May Increase Risk for Atrial Fibrillation in Older Women

Traumatic Life Events May Increase Risk for Atrial Fibrillation in Older Women

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There may be a relationship between traumatic life event stress and atrial fibrillation in women over the age of 45 years old.

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

FDA: Medtronic Update Addresses Cybersecurity Issue With CIED Programmers

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The vulnerability is associated with using an internet connection to update software between the Medtronic CareLink and CareLink Encore Programmers (models 2090 and 29901) and the Medtronic Software Distribution Network (SDN).

Oxygen Desaturation Index Predicts AFib Risk in Ischemic Stroke

Oxygen Desaturation Index Predicts AFib Risk in Ischemic Stroke

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Investigators observed a significant association between atrial fibrillation and increasing oxygen desaturation index.

Genetic Predisposition to Early-Onset AF Noted Across Racial and Ethnic Groups

Genetic Predisposition to Early-Onset AF Noted Across Racial and Ethnic Groups

Probands of African or Hispanic/Latino descent with early-onset atrial fibrillation are more likely than European Americans to have a first-degree relative with AF

Variations in Published Stroke Rates Confound Net Anticoagulation Benefit Analyses

Variations in Published Stroke Rates Confound Net Anticoagulation Benefit Analyses

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Variations in published stroke rates for patients with AF not receiving anticoagulants result in differences in the calculated net clinical benefit of anticoagulation.

Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator May Not Decrease Risk for Post-MI Arrhythmic Death

Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator May Not Decrease Risk for Post-MI Arrhythmic Death

Wearing a cardioverter-defibrillator does not reduce arrhythmic death in patients with acute myocardial infarction and an ejection fraction of 35% or less.

Heart to Heart: Cardiologists React to New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Features

Heart to Heart: Cardiologists React to New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Features

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Apple's newest Series 4 Watch now comes complete with new health features that American Heart Association President Ivor Benjamin, MD, has called "game changing."

Investigating the Link Between Atrial Fibrillation and Type 2 Diabetes

Investigating the Link Between Atrial Fibrillation and Type 2 Diabetes

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Compared with the general population, patients with type 2 diabetes are at a 35% to 60% greater risk for atrial fibrillation.

Net Clinical Benefits of Anticoagulants for AF Vary With Stroke Rate

Net Clinical Benefits of Anticoagulants for AF Vary With Stroke Rate

There is variation in the net clinical benefit of anticoagulants based on variation in published atrial fibrillation stroke rates.

Leadless Pacemakers "Lead" the Way to Fewer Complications in Cardiac Arrhythmias

Leadless Pacemakers "Lead" the Way to Fewer Complications in Cardiac Arrhythmias

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Patients implanted with leadless pacemakers had fewer complications in both short- and midterm events compared with patients who received transvenous pacemakers.

Oral Contraceptives Associated With Ventricular Repolarization Alterations

Oral Contraceptives Associated With Ventricular Repolarization Alterations

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Healthy nonmenopausal women taking oral contraceptives exhibited biomarkers for drug-induced torsade de pointes.

Generic Brevibloc in Single-Dose Bags Now Available

Generic Brevibloc in Single-Dose Bags Now Available

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Esmolol Hydrochloride in Sodium Chloride Injection 2500mg/250 mL (10mg/mL) Single-Dose Plastic Bag and 2000mg/100mL (20mg/mL) Single-Dose Plastic Bag, a generic version of Brevibloc (Baxter) now available from Mylan.

New Apple Watch Includes Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

New Apple Watch Includes Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature

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The irregular rhythm notification feature analyzes pulse rate data to identify episodes of irregular heart rhythms.

Tracheal Intubation vs Supraglottic Airway Device in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Tracheal Intubation vs Supraglottic Airway Device in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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The use of a supraglottic airway device compared with tracheal intubation did not result in a favorable functional outcome in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Designation to Bloodless Hyperkalemia Test

FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Designation to Bloodless Hyperkalemia Test

The KardiaK Platform works through a deep neural network trained to detect hyperkalemia based on data from electrocardiograms (ECG) similar to those captured by the Company's KardiaMobile and KardiaBand devices.

Life-Threatening Events in Wolff-Parkinson-White Occur Without Prior Symptoms

Life-Threatening Events in Wolff-Parkinson-White Occur Without Prior Symptoms

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Patients aged 21 years with Wolff-Parkinson White syndrome are at high risk for a life-threatening event.

VKA vs Non-VKA Oral Anticoagulants: Mortality Rates Compared in AF

VKA vs Non-VKA Oral Anticoagulants: Mortality Rates Compared in AF

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The new analysis included 19,134 of these patients and showed that there were 19% fewer deaths in patients initiated on NOACs compared to VKAs at the time of AF diagnosis.

CHEST Releases Guideline for Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation

CHEST Releases Guideline for Antithrombotic Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation

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Patients with atrial fibrillation who have ≥1 non-sex CHA2DS2VASc stroke risk factor should receive oral anticoagulation as antithrombotic therapy.

In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Long-Term Survival Lower in Blacks

In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Long-Term Survival Lower in Blacks

Black survivors of in-hospital cardiac arrest have lower survival at 1, 3, and 5 years vs whites.

CHA<sub>2</sub>DS<sub>2</sub>-VASc Scores Drive Clinical Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation, Flutter

CHA2DS2-VASc Scores Drive Clinical Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation, Flutter

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Clinical outcomes in atrial fibrillation vs atrial flutter differ in terms of ischemic stroke, heart failure hospitalizations, and all-cause mortality.

Large Number of Presumed Sudden Cardiac Deaths Are Not

Large Number of Presumed Sudden Cardiac Deaths Are Not

Nearly half of presumed sudden cardiac deaths are not autopsy-defined sudden arrhythmic deaths.

AHA Issues Scientific Statement on Managing Chagas Cardiomyopathy

AHA Issues Scientific Statement on Managing Chagas Cardiomyopathy

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The most common findings in patients with Chagas cardiomyopathy include cardiac rhythm abnormalities, myocardial abnormalities, aneurysms, and thromboembolism.

Concomitant NSAID and Anticoagulant Use May Increase Stroke, Bleeding Risk in Afib

Concomitant NSAID and Anticoagulant Use May Increase Stroke, Bleeding Risk in Afib

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Patients with atrial fibrillation who take NSAIDs in addition to oral anticoagulants may have an increased risk for major bleeding and stroke.

Hypothyroidism Predicts Atrial Tachyarrhythmia After AF Catheter Ablation

Hypothyroidism Predicts Atrial Tachyarrhythmia After AF Catheter Ablation

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Patients with higher levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone were more likely to experience atrial tachyarrhythmia after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Which Opioids Are More Likely to Induce QT Interval Prolongation?

Which Opioids Are More Likely to Induce QT Interval Prolongation?

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Studies comparing MMT to buprenorphine maintenance treatment (BMT) over 5-years found buprenorphine to be a safer drug for opioid maintenance treatment as it had no significant effect on QT prolongation.

Atrial Fibrillation Development Predicted by Sleep Disruption

Atrial Fibrillation Development Predicted by Sleep Disruption

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Individuals with more frequent nighttime awakening exhibited a higher risk for atrial fibrillation.

Apixaban Lowers Bleeding Risk in Afib With End-Stage Kidney Disease

Apixaban Lowers Bleeding Risk in Afib With End-Stage Kidney Disease

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Apixaban demonstrated superiority over warfarin in terms of reducing the risk for major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation and end-stage kidney disease who were on dialysis.

DOJ Investigation Tied to Decreases in Inappropriate ICD Use at Investigated Hospitals

DOJ Investigation Tied to Decreases in Inappropriate ICD Use at Investigated Hospitals

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After a Department of Justice investigation, the rate of noncompliant implantable cardioverter-defibrillator use significantly decreased in the hospital setting.

High-Risk Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis Facilitated by Home-Based ECG

High-Risk Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis Facilitated by Home-Based ECG

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Using a continuous ECG monitoring patch at home in patients at high risk for atrial fibrillation resulted in higher diagnosis rates, more anticoagulation initiation, and increased healthcare resource utilization.

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

FDA: Cancer Treatment 'Alternative' May Cause Serious Heart Problems, Death

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Cesium chloride is not approved by the FDA to treat cancer or any other disease.

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