LAA Occlusion in AF Patients Without Anticoagulants LAA Occlusion in AF Patients Without Anticoagulants
This review investigates the role of various left atrial appendage occlusion devices in atrial fibrillation patients who have a contraindication for oral anticoagulation.Europace (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet to Use Apple Watch in Clinical Trial
Can the Apple Watch and iPhone really be effective tools in healthcare? That question might be answered sooner than we think. The Cupertino, CA-based company is teaming up with Zimmer Biomet by using the Apple Watch and iPhone to change the patient journey for two of the most common surgeries Americans undergo each year – knee and hip replacement. This collaboration has yielded Zimmer Biomet mymobility, an app that uses Apple Watch to facilitate a new level of connection between patients and their surgical care teams, which can immediately impact the journey patients experience when they undergo these pro...
Source: MDDI - October 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Orthopedics Source Type: news

Anticoagulants Linked to Reduced Dementia Risk in AF Anticoagulants Linked to Reduced Dementia Risk in AF
A new study suggests that dementia risk is increased and accelerated in seniors with atrial fibrillation, but treatment of AF with oral anticoagulants may reduce that risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Dementia: Atrial fibrillation may increase risk of the condition - but what is it?
DEMENTIA is an overall term for the symptoms caused by different brain diseases, such as Alzheimer ’s. As there is currently no cure, much research is being carried out to find out the causes and how to prevent it. New research has revealed people with atrial fibrillation are at greater risk of the disease developing. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of dementia
People with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) face an increased risk of dementia, a new study warns; but common drugs may keep that risk in check. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alzheimer's / Dementia Source Type: news

A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
In a new study, people who had atrial fibrillation were 40 percent more likely to develop dementia than those without the heart condition. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia Risk Lower for Afib Patients on Blood Thinners
(MedPage Today) -- Study shows atrial fibrillation tied overall to faster cognitive decline, dementia (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - October 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Irregular heart beat tied to increased risk for dementia
(Reuters Health) - Having a type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AF) may raise an individual's risk of developing dementia, but treating AF with blood thinners seems to reduce that risk, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Irregular heartbeat may increase a person’s risk of dementia in later life
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University in Sweden found that people with atrial fibrillation may experience a faster decline in thinking and memory skills. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Atrial Fibrillation Tied to Higher Dementia Risk in Older Adults
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a faster global cognitive decline and an increased risk for dementia in older people, though anticoagulants may reduce dementia risk in AF patients, according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- A common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, may speed up mental decline in older adults, new research suggests. If you have atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, your heart beats irregularly. This means blood can pool... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

NYT Report: Apple Watch ‘ should not be considered a medical device ’
The new electrocardiogram-equipped Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) Watch should not be considered a medical device, according to a new report from the New York Times. The article, written by Indiana University School of Medicine pediatrics professor Aaron Carroll, calls into question the downsides of the newly released device and the potential for both false positives and false negatives. Carroll acknowledged the possible positives of the device, including the ability for physicians to monitor patients from a distance and diagnosing heart problems in individuals that would possibly go undetected, but said that “just because s...
Source: Mass Device - October 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics mHealth (Mobile Health) Apple Source Type: news

Don't Overlook Heart Care After Cancer Diagnosis
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Heart Failure Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Heart Failure
Atrial fibrillation frequently coexists with heart failure and may result in increased adverse outcomes. Review therapeutic considerations and best approaches to treatment in this article.American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

AFib patients with cancer history less likely to see cardiologist, fill prescriptions
(American College of Cardiology) Atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients with a history of cancer are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill anticoagulant prescriptions compared with AFib patients who never had cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. By not filling and taking prescribed medication, these patients are potentially putting themselves at increased risk of stroke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 8, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Stroke Rate Variability in Afib: Much Higher than We Thought!
A new study reveals the hertofore unknown and remarkable impact of the variation in published stroke rates on the net clinical benefit of anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - October 4, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

EPIX Therapeutics Announces Completion of DIAMOND-AF Paroxysmal Study and First Enrollment in DIAMOND-AF II Persistent Study
New Global IDE Study is Evaluating the DiamondTemp™ Ablation System in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 4, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- EPIX Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company that designs and manu... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology EPIX Therapeutics, atrial fibrillation, DIAMOND-AF, DiamondTemp, ablation (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - October 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New Afib Scoring System: Is it New or Just Different?
The popular CHA2DS2-Vasc stroke risk calculator has its detractors. But will a newly proposed scoring system have a signficant clinical impact? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - October 4, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Family History Linked to Early-Onset A-Fib in Minorities
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 -- Probands of African or Hispanic/Latino descent with early-onset atrial fibrillation (EOAF) are more likely than European Americans to have a first-degree relative with AF, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Major Progress in Anticoagulant Uptake for Atrial Fibrillation at Last Major Progress in Anticoagulant Uptake for Atrial Fibrillation at Last
Several reasons may account for the increased use of oral anticoagulants in patients at risk for stroke.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

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. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 27, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Increased use of anti-clotting drugs tied to fewer strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation
(Reuters Health) - More patients with heart rhythm problems that put them at high risk for stroke are taking daily pills to prevent clotting - and they're having fewer strokes as a result, a Swedish study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can a heart treatment lower depression and anxiety?
Researchers find that one treatment for atrial fibrillation effectively improves the symptoms of anxiety and depression linked with this condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Just Where Does Apple ’s New ECG Fit into the Market?
The inclusion of two heart monitoring apps with the upcoming Apple Watch 4 is causing quite a stir in the wearable device market. Last week, Cupertino, CA-based Apple revealed it received nods from FDA for its wearable watch to include an ECG app, that can classify whether there are signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), and another app that analyzes pulse rates for irregular rhythms. Earlier this year, MD+DI reported that Apple was working on an FDA submission. The agency has gone on record and said Apple’s solution isn’t designed to replace "traditional metho...
Source: MDDI - September 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Cardiovascular Source Type: news

FDA hopes new disruptive wearables will lead to ‘ universal digital future in healthcare ’
The FDA is hopeful that devices like the new Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) Watch, which is designed to provide on-the-spot electrocardiogram tests and detect atrial fibrillation, will lead to a “reimagination of healthcare delivery,” according to a recent post from agency head Dr. Scott Gottlieb, but whether having that data will improve overall health has yet to be seen. In its unveiling of the new Apple Watch 4, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant said it worked closely with the FDA to clear the device, which won de novo classification from the federal watchdog. Gottlieb confirmed that the agency “worked cl...
Source: Mass Device - September 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance AliveCor Apple Source Type: news

FDA works with technology industry to promote digital health innovation
Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner; Jeff Shuren, Center for Devices and Radiological Health director Owing to digital advances, we’re experiencing a reimagination of health care delivery. Consumers are now empowered to take more control of their own health information to make better-informed decisions about their medical care and healthy living. These advances enable better health outcomes for patients. This opportunity is supported by a new technological paradigm of digital health tools, like apps, that enable consumers to have more active engagement and access to real-time information about their health and activitie...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

Apple Gains FDA Clearance for ECG App for Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch Series 4 will feature two new medical apps marketed with FDA’s blessing, thanks to De Novo classifications. The new watch will offer an ECG app, a software-only mobile medical application that can classify whether there are signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), and another software-only mobile medical app analyzing pulse rates for irregular rhythms. (Neither is intended to replace "traditional methods of diagnosis or treatment," FDA stated in the notices.) These features are scheduled to be available in the United States later this year, ...
Source: MDDI - September 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Report: New Apple Watch features on-board EKG scanning, AF detection
Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) today unveiled its new Series 4 Apple Watch which the tech company said now features on-board electrocardiogram scanning technology, according to a report from The Verge. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant said that it won FDA approval for the watch, and touted the EKG addition as the first EKG product to be offered over-the-counter directly to consumers, according to the report. To take an EKG, users of the device must press their finger to the watch’s “digital crown” and sensors in the underside of the watch will perform the test, according to The Verge. EKG testing with the w...
Source: Mass Device - September 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Diagnostics Featured mHealth (Mobile Health) Apple Source Type: news

FDA grants breakthrough designation to AliveCor ’ s KardiaK hyperkalemia software
AliveCor said this week it won breakthrough device designation from the FDA for its KardiaK software platform intended to screen for hyperkalemia, or elevated levels of blood potassium, without the need for drawing blood. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company said the KardiaK system uses a proprietary deep neural network intended to detect hyperkalemia using data from electrocardiograms similar to those captured through its KardiaMobile and KardiaBand ECG devices. AliveCor said it hopes the platform will allow users with kidney disease and other life-threatening conditions to check for hyperkalemia at home and preve...
Source: Mass Device - September 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Software / IT AliveCor Source Type: news

physIQ gets FDA nod for a-fib analytics system
AI company physIQ landed FDA clearence for its atrial fibrillation detection analytics software.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

ARRIVE, ASCEND and the Future of Aspirin
“An aspirin a day keeps the doctor away,” an age-old adage revised to support stroke prevention, may no longer be relevant in light of new data presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Scientific Congress 2018 in Munich, Germany. Of course we have known for some time—and data cont inue to support us—that aspirin is highly effective in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (ie, in patients who have already had an adverse vascular event). (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 6, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Ablation Complications: Proceed with Caution
Right atrial ablation for atrial flutter is associated with a suprisingly high rate of serious, sometimes fatal, complications. News from ESC 2018. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 6, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Imaging modalities differ in assessing key heart metric
There is "substantial variability" in the way that different medical imaging...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: New protocol enables faster, cheaper cardiac MRI scans Cardiac hybrid imaging predicts adverse cardiac events Metastasis or incidental finding? Cardiac MRI gives answers New app uses smartphone to measure LVEF Echocardiography technique can guide atrial fibrillation ablation (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 6, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Attune ’s Oversubscribed Round Shows It Resonates with Investors
Attune Medical is really hitting it off with investors. The Chicago-based company, which was once known as Advanced Cooling Therapy, said it has raised about $15.5 million in an over-subscribed series C round. “This last close of the Series C really occurred because of oversubscription and investor interest in the market,” Keith Warner, Attune Medical’s CEO told MD+DI. The company has really been able to take advantage of that to raise more than it originally targeted.” The EnsoETM (formerly Esophageal Cooling Device or ECD) is designed to modulate and...
Source: MDDI - September 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Obstructive sleep apnea linked with higher risk of gout
The risk continues beyond the first years that obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed Related items fromOnMedica Obstructive sleep apnoea Sleep apnoea might increase risk of atrial fibrillation Sleep apnoea in expectant mothers presents risk to newborns Could supplemental oxygen help sleep apnoea patients? Sleep disorder linked to brain changes indicative of dementia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 31, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

AtriCure Makes Significant Progress with Afib Therapy
This study is the first of its kind, evaluating the multi-disciplinary Convergent approach against catheter ablation for patients who suffer from the most serious forms of Afib. We believe that once concluded, this study will be a meaningful step forward in demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of the Convergent approach.” The CONVERGE study’s primary efficacy endpoint is for enrolled patients to be Afib, atrial tachycardia, and atrial flutter free, absent class I and III AADs except for a previously failed or intolerant class I or III anti-arrhythmic drugs, with no increase in dosa...
Source: MDDI - August 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Business Source Type: news

Study Finds Some Patients With A-Fib Have Hidden Brain Damage
MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 -- In a new study of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), 4 in 10 had previously undetected brain damage, though none had a history of stroke or mini-stroke. This brain damage could put them at... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Four out of 10 patients with atrial fibrillation have unknown brain damage
(European Society of Cardiology) Four out of 10 patients with atrial fibrillation but no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack have previously unknown brain damage, according to the first results of the Swiss Atrial Fibrillation Cohort Study (Swiss-AF) presented today at ESC Congress 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Valley Growth Ventures gets in on Sotera Medical ’ s seed round
Sotera Medical said today that it landed another backer in the seed round for the esophageal protection device it’s developing for cardiac ablation procedures. Cleveland-based Sotera Medical – not to be confused with Sotera Health or Sotera Wireless – said the device was created by co-founder Dr. Emile Daoud of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and a team of physicians. In April Sotera Medical said it raised more than $1 million in the seed round, led by a syndicate of investors including JumpStart, North Coast Angel Fund, Northwest Ohio Tech Fund II, private investors and the ...
Source: Mass Device - August 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Catheters Funding Roundup Sotera Medical Source Type: news

Paired technology easily monitors, detects atrial fibrillation
The advent of new technology -- pairing a mobile heart monitor and smart device app -- can detect atrial fibrillation in a more simplified manner, according to research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel technology may enable more efficient atrial fibrillation monitoring and detection
(Elsevier) A study published in HeartRhythm found that a mobile heart monitor, paired with a smart device and an app, and supported by an automated algorithm can effectively and accurately detect AF, especially when supported by physician overread. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bristol-Myers Squibb - Pfizer Alliance ACROPOLIS ™ real-world data program grows to sample size of nearly one million lives worldwide
The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance will present 15 Eliquis® (apixaban) posters at the ESC Congress 2018 held in Munich, Germany, August 25-29, 2018. Nine of the posters to be presented are new analyses from the global real-world data (RWD) program, ACROPOLIS™ (Apixaban ExperienCe Through Real-WOrld POpuLatIon Studies), exploring the effectiveness and safety of anticoagulants, including Eliquis, among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - August 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Bristol-Myers Squibb Business and Industry Source Type: news

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for AFib With ECG
On Aug. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography to prevent stroke. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Case in Point: Would You Anticoagulate this Patient?
The patient is an elderly man with ESRD on dialysis who goes into atrial fibrillation during fistula declotting. How to proceed? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 14, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Afib and Aflutter: Should We Be “Lumpers” or “Splitters”?
Results of a new study may prompt you to rethink how you approach anticoagulation for these 2 arrhythmias. Are they 1 entity, or 2? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 13, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news

Complication Risk From RA Ablation Said to Deserve Scrutiny Complication Risk From RA Ablation Said to Deserve Scrutiny
Surprisingly high complication risks from ablation for atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, especially for isolated right atrial procedures and at low-volume centers, were seen in a German registry.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Perspectives on USPSTF A-Fib Screening Recommendation
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force published a final recommendation on Aug. 7 citing insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) with electrocardiography (ECG) in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence to Screen for Atrial Fibrillation
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- There is insufficient evidence to support screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) with electrocardiography (ECG) in older, asymptomatic patients, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) final... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Stroke Risk Lower in Atrial Flutter Than Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Risk Lower in Atrial Flutter Than Atrial Fibrillation
The same stratification and treatment approaches are used for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter in stroke prevention, but a new study suggests they should be assessed and treated differently.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news