Pollution exposure linked to stroke risk in people with common heart rhythm disorder
(University of Pittsburgh) People with atrial fibrillation who are exposed to greater levels of pollution have a higher risk of stroke than their peers who live with less pollution. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fitbit Atrial Fibrillation Approval Revs Up Competition With Apple Watch
Fitbit announced this week regulatory clearance in both the US and Europe for its electrocardiogram (ECG) app to identify atrial fibrillation (AFib). (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Greg Licholai, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Study: Air pollution increases stroke risk in people with AFib
Exposure to high levels of air pollution can increase the risk for stroke in people with atrial fibrillation by more than 20%, a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fitbit ’s ECG app gets regulatory clearance in U.S. and European Union
The ECG app can detect over 98% of atrial fibrillation  cases and was 100% accurate in identifying participants with normal sinus rhythm, according to study results. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Super-fast surgery could soon be offered to one million Britons with a 'racing heart' condition
The new, highly accurate operation slashes time on the operating table by a third and is being used to treat atrial fibrillation, in which heart nerves misfire, leading to a rapid, irregular pulse. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seven Quick Thoughts on the New European AF Guidelines Teaser Seven Quick Thoughts on the New European AF Guidelines Teaser
There's much to admire in the new ESC/EACTS guidelines on atrial fibrillation, but the push for opportunistic screening concerns electrophysiologist John Mandrola, MD.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

IMPACT-AFib: Single Mailing Fails to Budge Anticoagulant Uptake IMPACT-AFib: Single Mailing Fails to Budge Anticoagulant Uptake
A single educational mailing sent by several U.S. health plans to their patients with atrial fibrillation who were candidates for oral anticoagulation failed to boost them over their prescription hurdle.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 2, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Deaths From Atrial Fibrillation Declined From 1972 to 2015
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2020 -- There has been a decline in deaths related to atrial fibrillation (AF) over the last 45 years, according to a study published online Aug. 11 in The BMJ. Nicklas Vinter, M.D., from Aarhus University in Denmark, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 2, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Educational mailing fails to improve medication use in patients with atrial fibrillation
(European Society of Cardiology) Prevention drugs, according to results of the IMPACT-AFib trial presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2020. Patients with atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of stroke. Studies have shown that most of these strokes can be prevented with oral anticoagulation. However, oral anticoagulant medication is underused by patients with atrial fibrillation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New ESC/EACTS Guideline on Atrial Fibrillation New ESC/EACTS Guideline on Atrial Fibrillation
The document takes a paradigm shift away from the conventional classification of AF and goes all in on measuring quality of care, including patient-reported outcomes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Heart rhythm disorders are best managed when patients are listened to
(European Society of Cardiology) Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and increases the risk of stroke by fivefold. Patients with irregular heartbeats should choose the treatment plan with their health professionals, according to European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines published online today in European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website. The document was developed in collaboration with the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yoga Practice May Benefit Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 -- For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), a yoga intervention is associated with reductions in symptomatic AF, nonsymptomatic AF, and asymptomatic AF episodes and in depression and anxiety, as well as improvements in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Could Yoga Calm Your A-Fib? Early Findings Suggest It Might
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 -- People with the heart-rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, may ease their symptoms with the help of a slower-paced yoga, a preliminary study finds. Researchers from India found that over 16 weeks of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 27, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Yoga linked with improved symptoms in heart patients
(European Society of Cardiology) Yoga postures and breathing could help patients with atrial fibrillation manage their symptoms, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2020. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder. One in four middle-aged adults in Europe and the US will develop the condition, which causes 20-30% of all strokes and increases the risk of death by 1.5-fold in men and 2-fold in women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Is the Best Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation?
Title: What Is the Best Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation?Category: Procedures and TestsCreated: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 7, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Can Atrial Fibrillation Go Away?
Title: Can Atrial Fibrillation Go Away?Category: Procedures and TestsCreated: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 7, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

What Foods Trigger Atrial Fibrillation?
Title: What Foods Trigger Atrial Fibrillation?Category: Procedures and TestsCreated: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 7, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Cardiorespiratory Fitness May Alter AF Ablation Outcomes Cardiorespiratory Fitness May Alter AF Ablation Outcomes
Patients with the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness at baseline had the best outcomes after atrial fibrillation ablation in a single-center study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - August 4, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Abbott Announces Start of Study to Evaluate New Device to Treat Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation
Recurrent irregular heartbeat--also known as atrial fibrillation--impacts more than 16 million people globally Trial supports Abbott's focus on being the best partner for electrophysiologists treating people living with atrial fibrillation ABBOTT PAR... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology Abbott, TactiFlex, Ablation Catheter, atrial fibrillation (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Abbott Announces Start of Study to Evaluate New Device to Treat Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation
- Recurrent irregular heartbeat--also known as atrial fibrillation--impacts more than 16 million people globally (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - August 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Linked to Outcomes After A-Fib Ablation
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 -- For patients undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, higher cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is associated with reduced arrhythmia recurrence rates and death, according to a study published online Aug. 3 in Heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The Fitter Do Better After an A-Fib Treatment
MONDAY, Aug 3, 2020 -- Physically fit patients with the irregular heartbeat atrial fibrillation (AF) are most likely to benefit from ablation, a new study finds. Patients who are less fit are hospitalized more often, continue to use anti-arrhythmic... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 3, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Arrhythmia-free survival is indeed survival of the fittest
(Elsevier) In a new study, investigators report that patients undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, who are physically fit before the procedure, have a much higher chance of benefiting from the procedure and remaining in normal sinus rhythm. Less fit patients are rehospitalized more often, continue to use antiarrhythmic therapies longer, and have higher death rates than fitter patients. Their results appear in Heart Rhythm. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New cardiac surgeon joins Upstate; will help expand Upstate ’s atrial fibrillation program, clinical trials
Stephen Waterford, MD, MS, comes to Upstate from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - July 30, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

Most Patients Free of AF 1 Year After Visually-Guided RF Ablation Most Patients Free of AF 1 Year After Visually-Guided RF Ablation
Changes to the Luminize catheter and operator experience also led to procedural efficiencies in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to new AF-FICIENT I trial data.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Reports 2020 Second-Quarter Results
New Brunswick, N.J. (July 16, 2020) – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced results for second-quarter 2020. “Our second quarter results reflect the impact of COVID-19 and the enduring strength of our Pharmaceutical business, where we saw continued growth even in this environment,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the tireless work of our colleagues around the world and our broad range of capabilities, we continue to successfully navigate the external landscape, and we remain focused on advancing the development of a vaccine to help address this pandemic...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - July 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: Closing the & quot;LOOP & quot; Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: Closing the & quot;LOOP & quot;
New monitoring strategies for atrial fibrillation, including wearable technologies, will likely result in a surge of new AF diagnoses.Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lockdown in Denmark Linked to Drop in New AF Diagnoses Lockdown in Denmark Linked to Drop in New AF Diagnoses
The incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation fell by nearly half during the first 3 weeks of Denmark's COVID-19 lockdown, new findings in the European Heart Journal show.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

LAAO vs DOAC: PRAGUE-17 Falls Short LAAO vs DOAC: PRAGUE-17 Falls Short
A comparison of left atrial appendage closure and direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation exposes the holes in noninferiority trial design, writes John Mandrola, MD.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - July 9, 2020 Category: Surgery Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

Heart Rhythm Disorders Seen in Critically Ill COVID - 19 Patients
ICU admission tied to incident atrial fibrillation, nonsustained ventricular tachycardias (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 30, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Ablation Lessens AF Burden Along With Recurrence Risk: CABANA Ablation Lessens AF Burden Along With Recurrence Risk: CABANA
The burden of atrial fibrillation by Holter fell sharply 5 years after cath ablation, even for a subgroup that doesn't often respond well, in a prespecified secondary analysis of the trial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - June 24, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

PRAGUE-17: LAA Closure Equals Anticoagulants in Preventing AFib PRAGUE-17: LAA Closure Equals Anticoagulants in Preventing AFib
Left atrial appendage closure was noninferior to direct oral anticoagulants for preventing of atrial fibrillation-related events in high-risk patients, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

PRAGUE-17 Supports LAAO Device Noninferiority to DOACs in AF PRAGUE-17 Supports LAAO Device Noninferiority to DOACs in AF
Left atrial appendage closure was noninferior to direct oral anticoagulants for preventing of atrial fibrillation-related events in high-risk patients, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - June 23, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Postoperative atrial fibrillation does not impact on overall survival after esophagectomy
(Impact Journals LLC) Volume 11, Issue 25 of Oncotarget reported that Administration of landiolol hydrochloride was found to be associated with reduced incidence of atrial fibrillation after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer in our previous randomized controlled trial. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 23, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Alembic Pharma gets tentative USFDA nod for generic Rivaroxaban tablets
Rivaroxaban tablets are indicated for multiple conditions, including reduction of risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation; treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE). (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What are the Most Common Causes of Atrial Fibrillation?
Title: What are the Most Common Causes of Atrial Fibrillation?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - June 16, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Subcutaneous Daratumumab Combination Resulted in Deep and Rapid Hematologic Responses and Improved Clinical Outcomes in the Treatment of Patients with Newly Diagnosed Light Chain (AL) Amyloidosis
RARITAN, NJ, June 13, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today results from the first randomized Phase 3 study investigating subcutaneous daratumumab[i] in the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a rare and potentially fatal disease.[1],[2] The data demonstrated subcutaneous daratumumab in combination with cyclophosphamide, bortezomib, and dexamethasone (D-CyBorD) resulted in a higher hematologic complete response rate (CR), (53 percent vs. 18 percent [P
Source: Johnson and Johnson - June 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Can exercising too hard and too long cause heart problems?
Endurance exercises may raise risk of atrial fibrillation, research shows. But experts say such workouts are fine — unless they cause an irregular heartbeat. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie Aschwanden Source Type: news

Fitbit Continues its Race into Medtech with New EUA
Fitbit is continuing its rapid trajectory into the medtech industry with a new Emergency Use Authorization from FDA. The San Francisco, CA-based company said the EUA is for a low-cost emergency ventilator to help address patients’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said after seeing the need for ventilators, it applied its deep in-house expertise in advanced sensor development and hardware design to quickly create Fitbit Flow, an automatic resuscitator inspired by the MIT E-Vent Design Toolbox and based on specifications for Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems. Fitbit said during develop...
Source: MDDI - June 5, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Tags: COVID-19 Business Source Type: news

Newly Discovered Atrial Fibrillation: Who(se) Care(s)? Newly Discovered Atrial Fibrillation: Who(se) Care(s)?
Should all patients with new-onset atrial fibrillation be referred to a cardiologist?Europace (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

What Can Trigger Atrial Fibrillation
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 1, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medtech in a Minute: Philips Regulatory Win, Eko ’s Telemedicine Play, and More
Philips Wins Regulatory Nod for Clinical Surveillance Biosensor Philips won a nod from FDA and a CE mark for a next-generation wireless wearable biosensor to help monitor COVID-19 patients in hospital. The Amsterdam, Netherlands-based company touts its next-generation device as being able to enhance clinical surveillance in its patient deterioration detection solution to help clinicians detect risk so they can intervene earlier and help improve care in lower acuity care areas.   Eko Moves Deeper into Telemedicine in the Age of Social Distancing The digital health company is launching a platform that will combin...
Source: MDDI - May 30, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Antiarrhythmic Treatment in Atrial Fibrillation Antiarrhythmic Treatment in Atrial Fibrillation
Review the various types of antiarrhythmic agents used in the treatment of atrial fibrillation in this primer. How should the selection of an appropriate drug be made?U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

ACC Virtual Scientific Sessions 2020: Interventional Strategies Highlights ACC Virtual Scientific Sessions 2020: Interventional Strategies Highlights
Genetic testing for clopidogrel resistance and a new strategy for atrial fibrillation ablation are among the highlights from the virtual ACC scientific sessions.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Eko Moves Deeper into Telemedicine in the Age of Social Distancing
Physicians and clinicians are facing the unique challenge of practicing social distancing with their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems almost impossible because the practice of healthcare is so hands-on. However, Eko Health is hoping to overcome this challenge by marrying its technology with telemedicine. Last week, the digital health company launched Eko Telehealth, an artificial intelligence-powered telemedicine platform geared toward cardiac exams. “As we think of the future of healthcare, the fact the clinician and the patient aren’t in the same room shouldnâ€...
Source: MDDI - May 28, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Tags: COVID-19 Digital Health Source Type: news

Tissue level implants in healthy versus medically compromised patients. A cohort comparative study.
CONCLUSIONS:In terms of Success, Failure and Survival rates, tissue level implants placed in Healthy and in Medically compromised individuals showed no short-term (1 year) differences. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - May 20, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

People with atrial fibrillation live longer with exercise
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) More than 100,000 Norwegians have atrial fibrillation. They should be actively exercising for their health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Osteoporotic Fracture Risk Lower for DOAC Than Warfarin in A-Fib
MONDAY, May 18, 2020 -- For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), the risk for osteoporotic fracture appears to be lower with direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use compared with warfarin use, according to a study published online May 19 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Atrial fibrillation among overweight people is not due to fat
(Aarhus University) In a recently published study, researchers from Aarhus University document that the risk of atrial fibrillation is not linked to the amount of body fat, but instead to large muscle mass, or more precisely, a high fat-free weight (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Incidence rates of bleeding and emergency surgery due to trauma or fracture among Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation receiving oral anticoagulation therapy - Yasaka M, Yokota H, Suzuki M, Yamane T, Ono Y.
INTRODUCTION: In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) receiving oral anticoagulants (OACs), reversal of coagulopathy can be achieved with specific reversal drugs such as idarucizumab, which is indicated for use in patients treated with dabi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news