Arrhythmia

International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Identifies CPR Knowledge Gaps

International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Identifies CPR Knowledge Gaps

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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

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

Vasopressin plus catecholamines lowers risk of atrial fibrillation in distributive shock

In this meta-analysis, addition of vasopressin to catecholamine vasopressors was associated with a lower risk for atrial fibrillation compared with catecholamine monotherapy. However, while there was decreased mortality with vasopressin plus catecholamines, this difference was not seen when restricting analysis to studies with a low risk for bias.

At Low Temps, Air Pollution May Increase Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

At Low Temps, Air Pollution May Increase Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Particulate matter less than 2.5 µm in diameter was linked to higher sudden cardiac death risk in women.

Marijuana Use Not Linked to Risk of Arrhythmias After Acute MI

Marijuana Use Not Linked to Risk of Arrhythmias After Acute MI

Marijuana use is not associated with increased risk of ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation or cardiac arrest for patients with acute myocardial infarction.

High Incidence of Sudden and/or Arrhythmic Death in CHD

High Incidence of Sudden and/or Arrhythmic Death in CHD

In patients with coronary heart disease without severe systolic dysfunction, sudden and/or arrhythmic deaths account for a considerable proportion of deaths.

Andexxa Approved for Reversing Anticoagulant Activity of Rivaroxaban, Apixaban

Andexxa Approved for Reversing Anticoagulant Activity of Rivaroxaban, Apixaban

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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

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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

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

Electric Cars Safe With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

Electric Cars Safe With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

No evidence of electromagnetic interference with cardiac implantable electronic devices in patients testing electric cars.

Caffeine Does Not Appear to Be Linked to Risk for Arrhythmia

Caffeine Does Not Appear to Be Linked to Risk for Arrhythmia

Regular intake of coffee and tea seems safe and may be beneficial, although energy drinks may increase risk for arrhythmia.

Nut Consumption Associated With Reduced Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Nut Consumption Associated With Reduced Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Possible correlation also seen for nut consumption with reduced risk for heart failure, myocardial infarction, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Praxbind Gains Full FDA Approval as Pradaxa Reversal Agent

Praxbind Gains Full FDA Approval as Pradaxa Reversal Agent

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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

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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.

High-Intensity Exercise Harmful in Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

High-Intensity Exercise Harmful in Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

High-intensity exercise was an independent marker for ventricular arrhythmia, regardless of exercise duration.

Lower Thromboembolic Risk With New Afib After CABG vs NVAF

Lower Thromboembolic Risk With New Afib After CABG vs NVAF

For patients post coronary artery bypass graft surgery, new-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation is associated with lower long-term thromboembolic risk than that seen among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

NSAID Use Linked to Afib Risk in Middle-Aged Asian Population

NSAID Use Linked to Afib Risk in Middle-Aged Asian Population

Risk up with use of non-selective NSAIDs and combined use of selective, non-selective NSAIDs.

Depression, Antidepressant Use May Up Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Depression, Antidepressant Use May Up Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Depression and use of an antidepressant are associated with atrial fibrillation.

A 32-Year-Old Man Experiences Syncope After Camping

A 32-Year-Old Man Experiences Syncope After Camping

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Several weeks after camping, a 32-year-old man experiences syncope while driving to an urgent care center to address his worsening symptoms of fatigue.

Atrial Fibrillation Mortality May Increase With Digoxin

Atrial Fibrillation Mortality May Increase With Digoxin

Compared with patients not taking digoxin, patients with a serum digoxin concentration of ≥1.2 ng/mL had a 56% increased hazard of mortality.

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

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

Bystander Use of AED Improves Survival in Public Cardiac Arrest

Bystander Use of AED Improves Survival in Public Cardiac Arrest

Patients who experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and were shocked by a bystander were significantly more likely to survive to discharge compared with patients who were initially shocked by emergency medical services.

Ischemic Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Varies by Race

Ischemic Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Varies by Race

African-Americans are at an increased risk of developing an ischemic stroke before or after atrial fibrillation diagnosis compared with whites.

Digital Adherence Devices: Preventing Strokes in Afib One Reminder at a Time

Digital Adherence Devices: Preventing Strokes in Afib One Reminder at a Time

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Using digital adherence devices to improve medication adherence in patients with atrial fibrillation may reduce the rate of ischemic strokes.

Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in heart failure reduces mortality and hospitalization: The CASTLE-AF trial

Compared with medical therapy alone, catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure reduced the risk for all-cause mortality and hospitalization.

Targeting Underlying Conditions May Improve Sinus Rhythm in Atrial Fibrillation

Targeting Underlying Conditions May Improve Sinus Rhythm in Atrial Fibrillation

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

A 56-Year-Old Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Presents With Palpitations

A 56-Year-Old Man With Flu-Like Symptoms Presents With Palpitations

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A 56-year-old man with improved flu-like symptoms, but marked shortness of breath and palpitations, presents to an urgent care center.

A 45-Year-Old Man Presents to the ED With Shortness of Breath, Confusion

A 45-Year-Old Man Presents to the ED With Shortness of Breath, Confusion

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A 45-year-old man presents to the emergency department with some mental confusion and near syncope.

Device Recall: HeartStart MRx Defibrillator Gas Chamber Tube Defect

Device Recall: HeartStart MRx Defibrillator Gas Chamber Tube Defect

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

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