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Societies Release Updated Guidelines for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Societies Release Updated Guidelines for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

In order to revise the guidelines, the Task Force reviewed clinical trials presented at the annual scientific meetings of the ACC, AHA, HRS, and European Society of Cardiology in addition to other peer-reviewed, published data.

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Low Thyrotropin and Increased FT3:FT4 Ratio Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

Low Thyrotropin and Increased FT3:FT4 Ratio Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

As increased free thyroxine and decreased thyrotropin have been shown to be related to an increased risk for atrial fibrillation (AF), researchers sought to determine the direct correlation.

Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obesity Increases AF Risk to Similar Extent

Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obesity Increases AF Risk to Similar Extent

Metabolically healthy and unhealthy obesity increase atrial fibrillation risk at a similar rate.

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

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

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?

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

FDA Approval Expands Access to Factor Xa Inhibitor Antidote Andexxa

FDA Approval Expands Access to Factor Xa Inhibitor Antidote Andexxa

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.

High Free T4 Levels Within Reference Range Associated With Atrial Fibrillation

High Free T4 Levels Within Reference Range Associated With Atrial Fibrillation

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

ARISTOTLE: Combining NSAIDs With Oral Anticoagulants Increases Bleeding Risk in AF

ARISTOTLE: Combining NSAIDs With Oral Anticoagulants Increases Bleeding Risk in AF

While the use of NSAIDs was low in the ARISTOTLE trial, NSAID users had a higher risk for bleeding than non-users.

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Vitamin D Plus Calcium Supplementation May Not Modify Atrial Fibrillation Risk

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

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.

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.

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Societies Release Updated Guidelines for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Societies Release Updated Guidelines for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

In order to revise the guidelines, the Task Force reviewed clinical trials presented at the annual scientific meetings of the ACC, AHA, HRS, and European Society of Cardiology in addition to other peer-reviewed, published data.

The Connection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Sleep Apnea: An Expert Interview

The Connection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Sleep Apnea: An Expert Interview

To examine the link between cardiovascular disease and sleep apnea, The Cardiology Advisor spoke with cardiologist Seth S. Martin, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA and sleep specialist Rachel Marie E. Salas, MD, FAAN.

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

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

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

"Lone" Atrial Fibrillation: Lifestyle Management and Hybrid Procedures

"Lone" Atrial Fibrillation: Lifestyle Management and Hybrid Procedures

Optimal treatment strategies for lone atrial fibrillation have been unclear, but more technological advances and understanding of disease are propelling researchers forward.

"Lone" Atrial Fibrillation: Finding Optimal Treatment Strategies

"Lone" Atrial Fibrillation: Finding Optimal Treatment Strategies

Optimal treatment strategies for lone atrial fibrillation have been unclear, but more technological advances and understanding of disease are propelling researchers forward.

Atrial Fibrillation: Updates in Screening, Surgical Ablation, and Anticoagulation Use

Atrial Fibrillation: Updates in Screening, Surgical Ablation, and Anticoagulation Use

Anticoagulation under- and overdoing can be problematic in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Weighing Benefits and Risks of Anticoagulation in the Elderly

Weighing Benefits and Risks of Anticoagulation in the Elderly

Determining which patients who have atrial fibrillation should receive anticoagulation therapy for stroke prophylaxis can be challenging.

Oral Anticoagulants After Intracranial Hemorrhage Reduced Mortality Risk in Afib

Oral Anticoagulants After Intracranial Hemorrhage Reduced Mortality Risk in Afib

A declining trend in ischemic events was associated with oral anticoagulant therapy after intracranial hemorrhage.

ACC/AHA Issue Revised Performance and Quality Measures for Atrial Fibrillation

ACC/AHA Issue Revised Performance and Quality Measures for Atrial Fibrillation

New ACC/AHA performance and quality measures for atrial fibrillation/flutter include metrics for outpatient care.

Cryoablation vs Radiofrequency Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

Cryoablation vs Radiofrequency Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

Experts weigh in on cryoablation vs radiofrequency ablation techniques for atrial fibrillation in light of FIRE and ICE trial results.

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