Smarter strategies to treat atrial fibrillation

An innovative smartphone app developed in an EU-funded project is helping doctors provide thousands of heart patients across Europe with better, more personalised treatment for atrial fibrillation - a major cause of stroke, dementia, heart failure and premature death.
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ConclusionsIn this study, we report for the first time the true prevalence of diagnosed AF and its clinical characteristics, treatment and prognosis in a Spanish healthcare area, based on the systematic integration of data available from a universally adopted health IT system within the region.ResumoIntroduçãoAs políticas dos cuidados de saúde confiam essencialmente em dados provenientes de múltiplos pequenos estudos no âmbito de populações diversificadas. Desejamos descrever a prevalência, as comorbilidades e os resultados da fibrilhação auricular ...
Source: Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Conclusion: Clinicians need to be more aware of worse prognosis of the population with CVD and dementia.
Source: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Given what we know of the relationship between hypertension and dementia, in which increased blood pressure damages the fragile tissues of the brain, causing loss of function over time, it is reasonable to consider that other disruptions of blood flow could have a similar relationship with the onset of dementia in later life. Researchers here investigate the association between atrial fibrillation and dementia, in search of specific disruptions in blood flow and brain tissue that could explain this relationship in terms of greater structural damage to the brain. Researchers enrolled 246 patients in the study: 198 ...
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewAtrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in humans, affecting more than 33 million people globally. Its association with complex, resource intensive medical conditions such as stroke, heart failure and dementia have had profound impacts across existing health care structures. The global prevalence of AF has enjoyed significant growth despite significant improvement in our armamentarium for arrhythmia treatment.Recent FindingsEfforts aimed at curtailing the incidence, prevalence, or progression of AF have prompted re-evaluation of traditional frameworks for understand...
Source: Current Cardiology Reports - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Depression is a frequently observed comorbid condition in patients with cardiovascular diseases. In contrast to coronary heart disease and heart failure there is a limited amount of published data concerning the increased prevalence of depression among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, we decided to assess the prevalence of depression in Polish community-dwelling older patients with a history of AF. METHODS: The data were collected as part of the nationwide PolSenior project (2007-2012). Out of 4979 individuals (age range 65-104 years), data on self-reported history of ...
Source: Experimental Gerontology - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Exp Gerontol Source Type: research
Publication date: September 2018Source: IJC Heart &Vasculature, Volume 20Author(s): Ting-Yung Chang, Jo-Nan Liao, Tze-Fan Chao, Jennifer Jeanne Vicera, Chin-Yu Lin, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Fa-Po Chung, Shih-Ann ChenAbstractAtrial fibrillation (AF) has become the most prevalent arrhythmia and it will increase the risk of ischemic stroke, heart failure, mortality, sudden cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and dementia. Stroke prevention with oral anticoagulant is crucial for management of AF patients. Vitamin K antagonist, which inhibits the clotting factors II, VII, IX an...
Source: IJC Heart and Vasculature - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Conclusion Acute delirium is commonly underdiagnosed, and can be masked by chronic alterations in cognition and mentation. Delirium has many causes, and can be assessed using the acronym DELIRIUM. The most common presentations suggesting delirium over dementia are short-term memory loss, rapid fluctuation in condition, acute alteration, and a condition present that may be responsible for delirium. Management includes searching for causes of acute alteration in mental status, negating environmental factors of delirium, and—only when necessary—reducing the patient’s threat to themselves or providers by usin...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice that contribute to hemodynamic abnormalities, thromboembolic events and hospitalizations.1 The prevalence of AF is around 1% in the general population, substantially increases with age and is estimated to reach 4% in 2050.2, 3 Compared with patients without AF, patients with AF has an increased risk of dementia (hazard ratio [HR]=1.56), myocardial infarction (HR=1.62), sudden cardiac death (HR=1.83), mortality (HR=2.61), heart failure (HR=3.31) and ischemic stroke (HR=3.34).
Source: Heart Rhythm - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsUsing a population-based sample, we derived and validated a tool that predicts the risk of early death and rehospitalization for a cardiovascular reason in emergency department AF patients. The tool can offer information to managing physicians about the risk of death and rehospitalization for AF patients seen in the in emergency department, as well as identify patient groups for future targeted interventions aimed at preventing these outcomes.Graphical AbstractThe Atrial Fibrillation in the Emergency Room, Part 2 (AFTER2) Study.
Source: American Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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