Arrhythmia

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.

Nocturnal, Daytime Hypoglycemia Effects on Arrhythmia Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

Nocturnal, Daytime Hypoglycemia Effects on Arrhythmia Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

Compared with matched euglycemia, bradycardia was more frequent during nocturnal hypoglycemia.

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators, Pacemakers Can Receive MRI

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators, Pacemakers Can Receive MRI

None of the patients had device failure during the MRI; however, 6 patients did have atrial fibrillation or flutter but each case stopped on its own.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Shock-Related Healthcare Utilization Trends

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Shock-Related Healthcare Utilization Trends

Nearly half of all implantable cardioverter defibrillator shock events utilized health care.

Heart Failure Treatment Outcomes With CRT Vary by PR Interval

Heart Failure Treatment Outcomes With CRT Vary by PR Interval

Cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillation correlated with reduced hospitalization or all-cause mortality and all-cause mortality in advanced systolic heart failure.

Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalization Rates

Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalization Rates

While hospitalization rates increased for patients with atrial fibrillation, mortality rates decreased.

Periprocedural Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation: American College of Cardiology Decision Pathway

Periprocedural Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation: American College of Cardiology Decision Pathway

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The American College of Cardiology released a decision pathway for managing periprocedural anticoagulation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Using Telemetry Outside of Cardiac Indications

Using Telemetry Outside of Cardiac Indications

More than 20% of patients are undergoing telemetry for noncardiac indications.

EKG Recommended for Pediatric Patients Before Antipsychotic Medication

EKG Recommended for Pediatric Patients Before Antipsychotic Medication

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Prior to starting antipsychotic therapy, pediatric patients should undergo a baseline electrocardiogram assessment.

Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation May Allow Patients to Reduce or Discontinue Amiodarone

Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation May Allow Patients to Reduce or Discontinue Amiodarone

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A higher dose of amiodarone after ventricular tachycardia ablation was independently associated with a shorter time to death.

ICDs Rarely Affected by Smartphone Electromagnetic Interference

ICDs Rarely Affected by Smartphone Electromagnetic Interference

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Of 307 patients, only 1 patient's ICD had electromagnetic interference produced by a telephone.

Hypertension, Arrhythmias More Likely in Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Hypertension, Arrhythmias More Likely in Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Patients who survive thyroid cancer are more likely to develop heart valve disorders as well as hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias.

Can Stroke Predict Atrial Fibrillation?

Can Stroke Predict Atrial Fibrillation?

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The researchers assessed 1809 patients with incidence of stroke and atrial fibrillation.

Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Successful, But With Complications

Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Successful, But With Complications

While catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is generally successful, 46% of patients still had to take antiarrhythmic drugs 1 year later.

Cerebral Emboli Rates in Left and Right Ventricular Ablation

Cerebral Emboli Rates in Left and Right Ventricular Ablation

Patients undergoing left ventricular ablation had higher rates of cerebral emboli compared with right ventricular ablation.

Insulin, Not Diabetes, May Increase Thromboembolic Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

Insulin, Not Diabetes, May Increase Thromboembolic Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

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Insulin-requiring diabetes was associated with a higher risk for stroke/systemic embolism incidence at 1-year follow-up.

Therapeutic Hypothermia in Children With In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Therapeutic Hypothermia in Children With In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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Therapeutic hypothermia did not improve survival outcomes in pediatric patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest.

LAA Closure Device in Atrial Fibrillation Yields High Success, Low Complication Rates

LAA Closure Device in Atrial Fibrillation Yields High Success, Low Complication Rates

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The left atrial appendage closure device was found to have excellent success and low complication rates in a post-FDA approval study.

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment With Robotic Device

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment With Robotic Device

A robotic sleeve device was able to restore blood blow after cardiac arrest in living pigs.

Outcomes of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators for Secondary Prevention

Outcomes of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators for Secondary Prevention

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In older adults who received implantable cardioverter-defibrillators as secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death, the risk of death was 21.8%.

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