Arrhythmia

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

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Baseline serum 25(OH)D level was not predictive of long-term incident atrial fibrillation risk.

Rivaroxaban Has Positive Risk-Benefit Profile for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation

Rivaroxaban Has Positive Risk-Benefit Profile for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation

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Rivaroxaban given at doses of both 20mg and 15mg may have an improved bleeding risk profile compared with vitamin K antagonists.

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

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

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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

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

Opioid Use Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Opioid Use Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Opioid use is associated with the risk for developing atrial fibrillation.

Public Automated Defibrillators Associated With Improved OHCA Outcomes

Public Automated Defibrillators Associated With Improved OHCA Outcomes

Public AEDs are cost-effective for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and are associated with better outcomes.

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

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

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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

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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.

Cardiologist Involvement Associated With Favorable Afib Outcomes in Patients With Cancer

Cardiologist Involvement Associated With Favorable Afib Outcomes in Patients With Cancer

Atrial fibrillation patients with cancer are less likely to see a cardiologist and fill prescriptions for anticoagulants.

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

Smartwatch Algorithm Highly Effective for Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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