Arrhythmia

Moderate Drinking Linked to Electroanatomic Changes in Atrial Fibrillation

Moderate Drinking Linked to Electroanatomic Changes in Atrial Fibrillation

Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with lower atrial voltage and conduction slowing in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Catheter Ablation Superior to Drug Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure

Catheter Ablation Superior to Drug Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure

By

Catheter ablation is superior to drug therapy in improving all-cause mortality, LVEF, 6-minute walk test distance, VO2max, and quality of life in patients with heart failure.

Should CHA2DS2-VASc Be Reassessed More Frequently to Improve Stroke Prevention in Afib?

Should CHA2DS2-VASc Be Reassessed More Frequently to Improve Stroke Prevention in Afib?

By

These results suggest that CHA2DS2-VASc scores should be continually reassessed, perhaps annually, in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Study Reveals High Rate of Phlebitis Caused by IV Cannulas

Study Reveals High Rate of Phlebitis Caused by IV Cannulas

The incidence of phlebitis caused by peripheral intravenous cannula insertions may be higher among patients with certain risk factors.

FDA Approval Expands Access to Factor Xa Inhibitor Antidote Andexxa

FDA Approval Expands Access to Factor Xa Inhibitor Antidote Andexxa

By

Andexxa was initially granted accelerated approval in May 2018 for patients treated with rivaroxaban or apixaban, when reversal of anticoagulation was needed due to life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding.

Sodium Intake Associated With Long-Term New Onset Afib Risk

Sodium Intake Associated With Long-Term New Onset Afib Risk

Sodium intake is associated with the long-term risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation.

Catheter Ablation May Be Superior to Drug Therapy in Heart Failure With Afib

Catheter Ablation May Be Superior to Drug Therapy in Heart Failure With Afib

Catheter ablation is better than drug therapy for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure.

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Increased With Antidepressant Use

Atrial Fibrillation Risk Increased With Antidepressant Use

The risk for atrial fibrillation is increased among antidepressant users, particularly before treatment initiation.

Hospitalization for Upper GI Bleed Highest With Rivaroxaban

Hospitalization for Upper GI Bleed Highest With Rivaroxaban

For patients initiating oral anticoagulant therapy, the incidence of hospitalization for upper gastrointestinal bleeding is highest and lowest with rivaroxaban and apixaban, respectively.

Racial Disparities Seen in Use of Oral Anticoagulants for Afib

Racial Disparities Seen in Use of Oral Anticoagulants for Afib

Black patients with atrial fibrillation are less likely to receive DOACs compared with white patients, even after controlling for clinical and sociodemographic features.

Do More Aggressive Periprocedural Antibiotic Regimens Reduce Risk of Device-Related Infections?

Do More Aggressive Periprocedural Antibiotic Regimens Reduce Risk of Device-Related Infections?

By

The clinical effectiveness of incremental periprocedural antibiotics for patients receiving cardiac implantable electronic devices was examined.

Reversal of Warfarin-Associated Bleeding With 4F-PCC Examined in Obese Patients

Reversal of Warfarin-Associated Bleeding With 4F-PCC Examined in Obese Patients

By

To investigate an appropriate dosing strategy for 4F-PCC (Kcentra; CSL Behring) in obese patients, the authors conducted a retrospective analysis comparing the reversal of warfarin using adjusted (N=28) vs actual body weight (N=50).

Botox Injections Explored to Reduce Postop AF in Cardiac Surgery

Botox Injections Explored to Reduce Postop AF in Cardiac Surgery

Intraoperative botulinum toxin injections show promise as a way to reduce the risk for postoperative atrial fibrillation following cardiac surgery.

Migraine With Aura Linked to Increase in Incident Atrial Fibrillation

Migraine With Aura Linked to Increase in Incident Atrial Fibrillation

Migraine with aura is associated with an elevated risk for incident atrial fibrillation.

COPD May Predict Mortality in Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Arrest

COPD May Predict Mortality in Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Arrest

By

The presence of COPD is linked to higher all-cause mortality and cardiac death at 24 hours in high-risk patients who present with ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest.

High Free T4 Levels Within Reference Range Associated With Atrial Fibrillation

High Free T4 Levels Within Reference Range Associated With Atrial Fibrillation

By

Higher levels of free T4 that remain within the reference range are associated with a greater prevalence and incidence of atrial fibrillation.

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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).

Sign Up for Free e-Newsletters