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ACC/AHA/HRS Release Updated Bradycardia Diagnosis and Management Guidelines

ACC/AHA/HRS Release Updated Bradycardia Diagnosis and Management Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society have released a guideline on the evaluation and management of patients with bradycardia and cardiac conduction delay.

DOAC Safety, Efficacy Similar to Warfarin for Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

DOAC Safety, Efficacy Similar to Warfarin for Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

The currently available DOACS are at least as effective and safe as warfarin for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

FDA: Class I Recall of Test Strips Due to Inaccurate INR Results

FDA: Class I Recall of Test Strips Due to Inaccurate INR Results

Over 1.1 million packages of test strips distributed from January 12, 2018 to October 29, 2018 are being recalled.

Fluoroquinolones Tied to Increased Risk for Arrhythmia, CV Mortality

Fluoroquinolones Tied to Increased Risk for Arrhythmia, CV Mortality

To investigate the risk of cardiovascular adverse effects associated with this antibiotic class, researchers conducted a systematic review, meta-analysis, and network meta-analysis using studies identified through a search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library.

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

The KardiaBand allows patients to collect an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading using their Apple Watch.

Thromboembolism Risk Linked to New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation After Noncardiac Surgery

Thromboembolism Risk Linked to New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation After Noncardiac Surgery

New-onset atrial fibrillation developed after noncardiac surgery is associated with a long-term risk of thromboembolism.

Tocilizumab May Normalize QT Interval in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tocilizumab May Normalize QT Interval in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tocilizumab led to a marked normalization of corrected QT intervals in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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

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

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

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

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

Variations in Published Stroke Rates Confound Net Anticoagulation Benefit Analyses

Variations in Published Stroke Rates Confound Net Anticoagulation Benefit Analyses

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

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

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

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AHA Issues Scientific Statement on Managing Chagas Cardiomyopathy

AHA Issues Scientific Statement on Managing Chagas Cardiomyopathy

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atropine Sulfate Injection Now Available in 8mg/20mL Multiple-Dose Vial

Atropine Sulfate Injection Now Available in 8mg/20mL Multiple-Dose Vial

Atropine is a muscarinic antagonist and is indicated for temporary blockage of severe or life threatening muscarinic effects.

Leadless Pacemakers Associated With Fewer Complications

Leadless Pacemakers Associated With Fewer Complications

Patients with leadless cardiac pacemakers experienced fewer short-term and midterm complications, but more pericardial effusions than patients with standard transvenous pacemakers.

Fresenius Kabi Adds Additional Strengths to Adenosine Product Line

Fresenius Kabi Adds Additional Strengths to Adenosine Product Line

Adenosine Injection, a pharmacologic stress agent, is indicated as an adjunct to thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients unable to exercise adequately.

Acute Myocarditis Complicated by LVSD Has Different Presentation, Outcomes

Acute Myocarditis Complicated by LVSD Has Different Presentation, Outcomes

Acute myocarditis complicated by left ventricular systolic dysfunction confers a higher risk for cardiac death and heart transplant compared with uncomplicated acute myocarditis.

Arrhythmia Associated With Higher Mortality in Congenital Heart Disease-Related PAH

Arrhythmia Associated With Higher Mortality in Congenital Heart Disease-Related PAH

Arrhythmia was a significant predictor of mortality in adult patients with congenital heart disease and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Stroke Risk Highest in Paroxysmal Afib With Greater Burden of Afib

Stroke Risk Highest in Paroxysmal Afib With Greater Burden of Afib

A greater burden of atrial fibrillation or flutter in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was associated with a higher risk for stroke when not taking anticoagulants.

Heart Rate Variability in Type 2 Diabetes

Heart Rate Variability in Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers conducted a systemic review and met-analysis to examine the effect of type 2 diabetes on heart rate variability.

Hyperkalemia Treatment Lokelma Gets FDA Approval

Hyperkalemia Treatment Lokelma Gets FDA Approval

Lokelma is a non-absorbed zirconium silicate that preferentially captures potassium in exchange for hydrogen and sodium.

International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Identifies CPR Knowledge Gaps

International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Identifies CPR Knowledge Gaps

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation noted knowledge gaps in the categories of automated external defibrillators, cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality, advanced life support, and pediatric life support.

Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Often Attributed to Sudden, Arrhythmic Death

Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Often Attributed to Sudden, Arrhythmic Death

In patients with coronary heart disease and a history of myocardial infarction, many sudden, arrhythmic deaths had a clinical history of angina.

Andexxa Approved for Reversing Anticoagulant Activity of Rivaroxaban, Apixaban

Andexxa Approved for Reversing Anticoagulant Activity of Rivaroxaban, Apixaban

Andexxa, a recombinant modified human Factor Xa (FXa) protein, was approved under the FDA's Accelerated Approval pathway.

Afib Risk Not Affected by Borderline ABI in Peripheral Artery Disease

Afib Risk Not Affected by Borderline ABI in Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease with a borderline ankle-branchial index appears not to increase the risk for atrial fibrillation.

Anxiety May Increase Stroke, Intracranial Hemorrhage in Atrial Fibrillation

Anxiety May Increase Stroke, Intracranial Hemorrhage in Atrial Fibrillation

Anxiety may increase the risk for ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Praxbind Gains Full FDA Approval as Pradaxa Reversal Agent

Praxbind Gains Full FDA Approval as Pradaxa Reversal Agent

Complete reversal was seen within 4 hours in the majority of patients, as measured by ecarin clotting time (ECT 82%) or diluted thrombin time (dTT 99%). In addition, there was a low late of thrombotic events and no new safety events were reported.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Outcomes With Atrial Arrhythmia

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Outcomes With Atrial Arrhythmia

Increased right atrial and pulmonary wedge pressures and increased thyroid disease prevalence were associated with atrial arrhythmia development in idiopathic or systemic sclerosis-related pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Influenza Vaccination May Reduce Mortality Risk in Heart Failure

Influenza Vaccination May Reduce Mortality Risk in Heart Failure

A meta-analysis sought to determine the effect of influenza vaccination on cardiac-related mortality in patients with heart failure.

Right Atrium Enlargement Predicts Supraventricular Arrhythmia Risk in PAH

Right Atrium Enlargement Predicts Supraventricular Arrhythmia Risk in PAH

Right atrium enlargement may predict the risk for supraventricular arrhythmias in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Targeting Underlying Conditions May Improve Sinus Rhythm in Atrial Fibrillation

Targeting Underlying Conditions May Improve Sinus Rhythm in Atrial Fibrillation

Patients with persistent atrial fibrillation who received targeted therapy saw improvements in sinus rhythm as well as reductions in blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight.

Device Recall: HeartStart MRx Defibrillator Gas Chamber Tube Defect

Device Recall: HeartStart MRx Defibrillator Gas Chamber Tube Defect

The HeartStart MRx defibrillator may fail at any time, including during repeated shocks while in AED mode.

Atrial Fibrillation Treated With LAA Occlusion Reduces Thromboembolism Risk

Atrial Fibrillation Treated With LAA Occlusion Reduces Thromboembolism Risk

Surgical left atrial appendage occlusion is associated with a lower risk for thromboembolism-related hospital readmission in older patients with atrial fibrillation who undergo cardiac surgery.

CPR: Updated Treatment Consensus From International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation

CPR: Updated Treatment Consensus From International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation released an updated consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care.

Ischemic Stroke Risk in Atrial Flutter vs Fibrillation

Ischemic Stroke Risk in Atrial Flutter vs Fibrillation

Patients with atrial fibrillation have a higher risk for ischemic stroke compared with patients with atrial flutter.

Bleeding Risk, Stroke Outcomes With Edoxaban vs Enoxaparin-Warfarin for Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation

Bleeding Risk, Stroke Outcomes With Edoxaban vs Enoxaparin-Warfarin for Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation

In patients with atrial fibrillation at high risk for stroke, edoxaban is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular death events.

Guidelines for Point-of-Care Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation

Guidelines for Point-of-Care Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation

Transesophageal echocardiography offers many clinical benefits in patients with cardiac arrest compared with transthoracic echocardiography.

Short-Run Atrial Tachyarrhythmia Associated With Increased Stroke Risk

Short-Run Atrial Tachyarrhythmia Associated With Increased Stroke Risk

Patients who had short-run atrial tachyarrhythmia experienced significantly higher rates of stroke compared with patients who did not have short-run atrial tachyarrhythmia.

Renal Function Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation With Oral Anticoagulation Therapy

Renal Function Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation With Oral Anticoagulation Therapy

Patients with atrial fibrillation who are treated with oral anticoagulants often experience renal function decline.

Leukocyte Telomere Length as Potential Biomarker for Atrial Fibrillation

Leukocyte Telomere Length as Potential Biomarker for Atrial Fibrillation

No significant association was found between atrial fibrillation risk and leukocyte telomere length.

Atrial Fibrillation Detected on Apple Watch Heart Rhythm Device

Atrial Fibrillation Detected on Apple Watch Heart Rhythm Device

FDA has cleared the KardiaBand device to recordtheir EKG to detect normal heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation.

Antithrombotic Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation and Valvular Heart Disease: New Joint Consensus Statement

Antithrombotic Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation and Valvular Heart Disease: New Joint Consensus Statement

A new consensus statement provides updated guidelines for antithrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation associated with valvular heart disease.

ACC Expert Consensus: Management of Bleeding Associated With Oral Anticoagulants

ACC Expert Consensus: Management of Bleeding Associated With Oral Anticoagulants

The American College of Cardiology released an expert consensus decision pathway intended to guide clinicians in managing bleeding in patients treated with anticoagulation.

Incident Atrial Fibrillation: Direct Oral Anticoagulants vs Warfarin

Incident Atrial Fibrillation: Direct Oral Anticoagulants vs Warfarin

Compared with warfarin, direct oral anticoagulants lowered the risk for stroke and death risk in patients with incident atrial fibrillation.

Atrial Fibrillation Subtypes: Comparing Mortality Risks

Atrial Fibrillation Subtypes: Comparing Mortality Risks

Persistent atrial fibrillation is associated with a higher risk for mortality compared with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

Subclinical Atrial Fibrillation Detection: Holter vs Insertable Cardiac Monitor

Subclinical Atrial Fibrillation Detection: Holter vs Insertable Cardiac Monitor

Continuous monitoring with an insertable cardiac monitor was found to be superior at detecting subclinical atrial fibrillation compared with a Holter monitor.

FDA Approves Rivaroxaban 10 mg for Recurrent VTE

FDA Approves Rivaroxaban 10 mg for Recurrent VTE

The 10 mg dose of rivaroxaban substantially lowered the risk for recurrent venous thromboembolism.

Amiodarone Premixed Injection Lot Recalled

Amiodarone Premixed Injection Lot Recalled

A recall has been issued for one lot of amiodarone due to possible particulate matter introduced into the solution.

LAA Closure vs Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

LAA Closure vs Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

A left atrial appendage closure device provided a similar level of stroke prevention to that of warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Additional Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Not Warranted After Change in Inducibility

Additional Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Not Warranted After Change in Inducibility

Change in inducibility status after pulmonary vein isolation is not associated with long-term freedom from recurrent arrhythmia.

Atrial Fibrillation Survival Better With Cardiac Surgery, Cox-Maze IV

Atrial Fibrillation Survival Better With Cardiac Surgery, Cox-Maze IV

Patients with atrial fibrillation had improved late survival when treated with ablation-assisted Cox-Maze IV and cardiac surgery.

Bleeding Events in Atrial Fibrillation: Assessing Risk Prediction Models

Bleeding Events in Atrial Fibrillation: Assessing Risk Prediction Models

Risk prediction models to assess bleeding risk in patients with atrial fibrillation may be useful for optimizing treatment.

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Amiodarone and Lidocaine May Improve Survival Outcomes

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Amiodarone and Lidocaine May Improve Survival Outcomes

Although amiodarone and lidocaine were not proven to be efficacious in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, researchers noted that the trend toward survival could suggest potential benefits.

Post-Stroke Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk for Cognitive Deficits

Post-Stroke Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk for Cognitive Deficits

Risk for poststroke cognitive impairment is increased by the presence of atrial fibrillation.

Predominant Sleep Disorders in Atrial Fibrillation Classified by Apneas and Hypopneas

Predominant Sleep Disorders in Atrial Fibrillation Classified by Apneas and Hypopneas

Classification of predominant obstructive sleep apnea in atrial fibrillation is affected by use of apneas vs hypopneas.

Lower Afib Risk With AdaptivCRT vs Conventional Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Lower Afib Risk With AdaptivCRT vs Conventional Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Patients who received synchronized left ventricular pacing with the AdaptivCRT had a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation compared with patients who received conventional cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Atrial Fibrillation in Geriatric Patients Identified Using Daily Rhythm Recordings

Atrial Fibrillation in Geriatric Patients Identified Using Daily Rhythm Recordings

Daily short-term rhythm recordings may help diagnose atrial fibrillation in geriatric patients.

Prognostic Significance of Gender in Atrial Fibrillation and Diabetes

Prognostic Significance of Gender in Atrial Fibrillation and Diabetes

Women with atrial fibrillation and diabetes have higher rates for mortality and cardiovascular disease compared to men.

New Atrial Fibrillation After Stroke Tied to Preexisting Cardiovascular Comorbidities

New Atrial Fibrillation After Stroke Tied to Preexisting Cardiovascular Comorbidities

Patients diagnosed with new atrial fibrillation after ischemic stroke were more likely to have preexisting cardiovascular comorbidities such as hypertension, heart failure, and coronary artery disease.

Long-Term Aspirin Unnecessary Following Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Long-Term Aspirin Unnecessary Following Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Patients with atrial fibrillation who are at a low risk for stroke do not receive a major benefit from long-term aspirin therapy.

Heart Failure, Arrhythmia Risk Increased With Zoledronic Acid

Heart Failure, Arrhythmia Risk Increased With Zoledronic Acid

Patients treated with zoledronic acid had a higher risk for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias as well as heart failure vs untreated patients.

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Increased With Type 1 Diabetes, Poor Renal Function

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Increased With Type 1 Diabetes, Poor Renal Function

Patients with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation.

FDA Clears Acoustic Device for Heart Murmur Detection

FDA Clears Acoustic Device for Heart Murmur Detection

The FDA has granted clearance for a new non-invasive acoustic and electrocardiogram device for the detection of physiological and pathological heart murmurs.

Self-Instructional Kiosk May Increase Training of Hands-Only CPR

Self-Instructional Kiosk May Increase Training of Hands-Only CPR

A self-instructional kiosk at a US airport revealed considerable public interest in learning Hands-Only CPR.

Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Benefits From Cardiology Care vs Primary Care

Newly Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Benefits From Cardiology Care vs Primary Care

Cardiology care in patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation was associated with reductions in stroke and death.

Poll: Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Poll: Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery recently released guidelines on the use of surgical ablation in atrial fibrillation.

Recommendations to Prepare for Cardiac Arrest In-Flight

Recommendations to Prepare for Cardiac Arrest In-Flight

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

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

Lone Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Characteristics in Children

Lone Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Characteristics in Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Improves Diagnosis in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Improves Diagnosis in Cardiac Arrest Survivors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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