Even 'resolved' atrial fibrillation carries increased stroke risk
(Reuters Health) - Even when the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation goes away after treatment, patients' risk of stroke may still be higher than average, a large UK study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fat patients with an irregular heartbeat can REVERSE by losing weight
Around one million people in Britain and up to six times as many in the US suffer from atrial fibrillation, which can cause a stroke and eventually lead to heart failure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SPONSORED: Handy Help For The Heart
Knowledge of symptoms and available treatments are key to fighting atrial fibrillation and pulmonary hypertension. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - June 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and AF Risk After Cardiac Surgery Obstructive Sleep Apnea and AF Risk After Cardiac Surgery
Are cardiac surgical patients who are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea at increased risk for postoperative atrial fibrillation?Anesthesia & Analgesia (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Congestive Heart Failure After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Congestive Heart Failure After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
How would you manage CHF in this patient now 14 months after AF ablation? Take this quiz created by physicians from ACC.ACC.org (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Weight loss reverses heart condition in obesity sufferers
(University of Adelaide) Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stroke Knowledge & amp; OAC Preference in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Is there a link between stroke knowledge and OAC preferences in patients with AF? According to a new study, yes.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 20, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Veronica Hackenthal, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

AtriCure stock hits 52-week high
Stock in AtriCure Inc. hit a 52-week high of $27.22 on Friday and continued to rise on Monday. Shares of the Mason-based medical device maker closed at $26.99 Friday, up $1.94, or more than 7.7 percent. It was unclear why AtriCure performed so well. Today, its stock is up nearly 5 percent to $28.24, as of early afternoon trading. The value of AtriCure shares has been as low as $14.88 ove r the past 52 weeks. The firm is best known for making medical devices to treat atrial fibrillation, a common… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Treatment Drugs
Title: Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Treatment DrugsCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Work Stress May Increase Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation
Job strain linked to increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - June 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Work Stress May Increase Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 -- Job strain is associated with an increased risk of incident atrial fibrillation, according to a study published online May 30 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Eleonor I. Fransson, Ph.D., from Stockholm... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AHA wwards Cleveland Clinic $3.7 million for atrial fibrillation research
(Cleveland Clinic) The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded Cleveland Clinic a $3.7 million grant for atrial fibrillation research. The four-year, competitive award will support three synergistic projects aimed at improving outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart rhythm abnormality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PCORI, AHA award $5 million to establish center to support more informed AFib treatment decisions
(Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) A new research center will produce and test decision aids to help people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) more readily make choices with their doctors about their treatment options, thanks to a $5 million funding award. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and American Heart Association (AHA) announced the selection of the research team and home for the center today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The CABANA Trial in AF: A Quiz and a Practice Question
Results of the CABANA study (atrial fibrillation) are up for evaluation. How did the trial work and could it change your thoughts on AF treatment? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 11, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Anticoagulation Brush-up: Q & amp;A with Payal Kohli, MD
Brush up on your oral anticoagulation basics with answers to three key questions we posed to cardiologist and Patient Care board member Payal Kohli, MD. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 11, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Anticholinergic Avoids Pacemaker in Case of AF With Bradycardia Anticholinergic Avoids Pacemaker in Case of AF With Bradycardia
A case report shows treatment with an anticholinergic drug allowed a patient with slow ventricular response in atrial fibrillation to avoid pacemaker implantation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

A deeper understanding of AFib could lower risk
(University of Minnesota Medical School) More than 2.5 million Americans are living with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). AFib is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Job strain could be harming your heart
A study has found that job strain — defined as doing highly demanding work but having low control over it — is tied to higher risk for atrial fibrillation. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anxiety / Stress Source Type: news

AtriCure inks multi-year Chinese distro deal with Baheal Pharma
AtriCure (NSDQ:ATRC) said today it inked a multi-year partnership deal with China’s Baheal Pharmaceutical Group to distribute AtriCure’s surgical ablation devices. Through the deal, Baheal will become Mason, Ohio-based AtriCure’s exclusive distributor in the region, replacing the company’s previous distribution partner. “At Baheal, we’re continuously looking for ways to grow and expand our business. We believe that there is vast opportunity to treat patients and the market remains underpenetrated, and we’re confident that together, we are well positioned to grow and help more ...
Source: Mass Device - June 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution AtriCure Inc. Source Type: news

Stressed Out at Work? Your A-Fib Risk May Rise
TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 -- If you're feeling overwhelmed at work, you'll want to read on. Job-related stress may raise your risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers found the most... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Inflammatory signals in heart muscle cells linked to atrial fibrillation
(Baylor College of Medicine) Interfering with inflammatory signals produced by heart muscle cells might someday provide novel therapeutic strategies for atrial fibrillation, according to an international team of researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CABANA in Context: A Nuanced Understanding of AF Ablation CABANA in Context: A Nuanced Understanding of AF Ablation
Ablation or medical therapy for atrial fibrillation? Drs Hylek, Piccini, and Ruff describe the finer points of the CABANA trial, presented at the 2018 Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions.American College of Cardiology & Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

LuxCath eyes the atrial fibrillation market
One problem with using ablation to treat atrial fibrillation is determining when the resulting lesion is sufficient to block the electric signals underlying the arrhythmia. LuxCath thinks its OmniView catheter solves the dilemma by using an optical technology to assess metabolic activity in the ablated tissue, CEO Dr. Omar Amirana told MassDevice.com earlier this month during the annual Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Boston. Amirana, a senior vice president at Allied Minds (LON:ALM), also helms Allied Minds subsidiaries SciFluor and Signature Medical and is a board member at CardioFocus. What drew him to LuxCath, he ...
Source: Mass Device - May 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Catheters Wall Street Beat Allied Minds LuxCath LLC Source Type: news

Eating nuts can lower the risk of irregular heartbeat
Research has found that eating nuts at least three times a week was associated with an 18% reduced risk of atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that's a major cause of stroke. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating nuts can lower the risk of irregular heartbeat, a major cause of stroke, a new study finds
Research has found that eating nuts at least three times a week was associated with an 18% reduced risk of atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that's a major cause of stroke. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abbott ’s Amplatzer Stroke Reduction Data Is Strong at EuroPCR
Abbott Laboratories’ Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion device has been shown at one year to reduce stroke by 57% as compared to the predicted stroke risk. The data also showed it was able to make this reduction without the need for lifetime blood thinners.  The Abbott Park IL-based company released the data at EuroPCR, the annual meeting of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions in Paris, and simultaneously published in EuroIntervention. More than 1,078 patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (Afib) were in the study with one-year-follow up. “The Amul...
Source: MDDI - May 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

New Real-World Study Finds Long-Term XARELTO ® (rivaroxaban) Use Resulted in Fewer Strokes and Systemic Emboli Compared to Warfarin in Frail Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
(Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Real-World Study Results Support Use of Abbott's AMPLATZER ™ Amulet™ to Reduce Stroke in Patients Suffering from Atrial Fibrillation Without the Need for Lifetime Blood Thinners
- Study confirms safety of treatment with AMPLATZER Amulet device and reduction in stroke risk by nearly 60 percent (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - May 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ME AND MY OPERATION: The icy balloon to help calm a racing heart
Like a million other Britons, Philip Cale, from Worcester, suffered with the heart rhythm problem atrial fibrillation. He recently underwent a new procedure for it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Is the Role of Ablation for AF in a Post-CABANA World? What Is the Role of Ablation for AF in a Post-CABANA World?
Electrophysiologists John Mandrola and Dhiraj Gupta discuss the CABANA trial results and what they mean for catheter ablation of patients with atrial fibrillation.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

CROMIS-2: Microbleeds on MRI May Flag Higher ICH Risk CROMIS-2: Microbleeds on MRI May Flag Higher ICH Risk
Neurologists lack good instruments to predict which stroke or TIA patients with atrial fibrillation will develop intracranial hemorrhage. New research suggests microbleeds on MRI may predict risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

May 18, 2018 This Week in Cardiology May 18, 2018 This Week in Cardiology
Device-related thrombosis with Watchman left atrial appendage closure, debulking atrial fibrillation after ablation, rivaroxaban for stroke prevention, alteplase, and Lp(a) are discussed this week.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

AF Ablation vs Drugs: Insights From CABANA Investigators AF Ablation vs Drugs: Insights From CABANA Investigators
John Mandrola interviews the investigators of the breakout trial from the Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions which compared catheter ablation versus drugs in patients with atrial fibrillation.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Interview Source Type: news

Correvio Announces Enrollment of First Patient in Phase 3 Study Evaluating Brinavess(R) in China
VANCOUVER, May 17, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Correvio Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM), formerly Cardiome Pharma Corp., today announced that its partner Eddingpharm has enrolled the first patient in a randomized, double-blind,... Biopharmaceuticals, Cardiology Correvio Pharma, Cardiome Pharma, Brinavess, atrial fibrillation (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

One Botulinum Round Pacifies Postop AF for 3 Years: Pilot Study One Botulinum Round Pacifies Postop AF for 3 Years: Pilot Study
' We don't know why it works, but it's a fascinating new approach,'a discussant said. Botulinum injections into epicardial fat pads at CABG dramatically cut atrial fibrillation burden for up to years later.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Obesity tied to risk of irregular heart rhythm in both genders
(Reuters Health) - Both men and women who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop an irregular heart rhythm condition known as atrial fibrillation than their counterparts who maintain a healthy weight, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medtronic touts improved patient survival in AdaptivCRT algorithm study
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today released results from a study of its AdaptivCRT algorithm, touting that the use of the algorithm increased patient survival. Results from the trial were presented last week at the Heart Rhythm Society’s annual scientific sessions in Boston, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. The AdaptivCRT algorithm is designed to personalize cardiac resynchronization therapy and adjusts how implanted CRT devices pace the heart according to evaluations of the patient’s heart rhythm, Medtronic said. In the AdaptResponse prospective registry study, researchers explored the use of the Adapt...
Source: Mass Device - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Medtronic Source Type: news

Hyoscyamine Helps in A-Fib With Slow Ventricular Response
TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 -- Hyoscyamine can prevent pacemaker placement in a patient with symptoms caused by a slow ventricular response during atrial fibrillation, according to a case study published online May 15 in the Annals of Internal... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

HRS 2018 Roundup: Researchers highlight the latest in cardiac ablation tech
There are lots of new opportunities in ablation, evidenced by the research touted at this year’s annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Boston. Scientists presented data from trials evaluating cardiac ablation via pulsed electric fields, intramural needle ablation and more. Editors at MassDevice.com asked leading cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Vivek Reddy, will there someday be one catheter to rule them all? “As in most things, there will always be several,” he explained. Here’s a look at some of the ablation technology presented at this year’s meeting. Intramural needle abla...
Source: Mass Device - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Wall Street Beat BioSense Webster Inc. Boston Scientific johnsonandjohnson Medtronic Source Type: news

Add-on Vasopressin May Lower AF Risk in Distributive Shock Add-on Vasopressin May Lower AF Risk in Distributive Shock
The risk for atrial fibrillation (AF) was reduced in these patients, but what remains unknown is the long-term clinical consequences of these events.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Eat more dark chocolate to resolve irregular heartbeats
(Natural News) Chocolate lovers, rejoice: A study published in the journal Heart has found that eating moderate amounts of chocolate can reduce the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), a life-threatening form of irregular heartbeat. Scientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, together with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Aalborg University, and the Danish Cancer... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did AF Ablation'Debulking' Explain Clinical Gains in CASTLE-HF? Did AF Ablation'Debulking' Explain Clinical Gains in CASTLE-HF?
Catheter ablation's prowess at cutting atrial fibrillation burden vs rhythm- or rate-control meds in patients with HF may have caused the observed effect on death or HF hospitalization.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Did AF Ablation'Debulking' Explain Clinical Gains in CASTLE-AF? Did AF Ablation'Debulking' Explain Clinical Gains in CASTLE-AF?
Catheter ablation's prowess at cutting atrial fibrillation burden vs rhythm- or rate-control meds in patients with HF may have caused the observed effect on death or HF hospitalization.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - May 13, 2018 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

May 11, 2018 This Week in Cardiology May 11, 2018 This Week in Cardiology
The CABANA trial on catheter ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation is discussed in this week ’ s podcast recorded at the Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Device treatments for atrial fibrillation get so-so results in study
Medical device companies have invested millions of dollars into developing products to treat atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat condition that are a frequent cause of strokes. But it's not clear how much good the products are doing. The Wall Street Journal reports on results of a new study on the procedure known as catheter ablation, which seeks to stop the faulty electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation. The market for catheter ablation has grown to $4.5 billion worldwide. But… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Stroke risk remains high for thousands of patients with 'resolved' AF
Hundreds of thousands of patients with 'resolved' atrial fibrillation (AF) remain at high risk of stroke and should continue to be prescribed anticoagulants, researchers have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Arrhythmias Source Type: news

Patients with atrial fibrillation cannot ever be considered ‘cured’
Patients with atrial fibrillation, which can leave them at a higher risk of stroke, still need treatment even after their heart rhythm seems to have returned to normal, warn UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 11, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Impact of NOACs on Ischemic Stroke Severity in AF Impact of NOACs on Ischemic Stroke Severity in AF
Can the use of non-vitamin K-dependent oral anticoagulants prior to stroke onset in patients with atrial fibrillation reduce the severity of stroke, if ischemic stroke should occur?Europace (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Atrial fibrillation patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease face increased risk of dementia
(Intermountain Medical Center) Atrial fibrillation patients who are diagnosed with carotid artery disease face higher risks for developing dementia, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RNA molecules predict adverse heart growth and function that can lead to atrial fibrillation
(Intermountain Medical Center) The new study, conducted by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, is the first time this association has been connected to the human heart in a clinical setting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news