Atrial Fibrillation

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, also referred to as AF or afib. AF is a cardiac arrhythmia caused by irregular and often rapid heart rate. It is caused by the upper chambers (the atria) beating irregularly and uncoordinated with the lower  ventricle chambers of of the heart. Symptoms include weakness with heart palpitations and shortness of breath. The conditional can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart failure. AF episodes can cause the blood in the atria to stagnate and form clots, usually within the left atrial appendage (LAA). The clots can flow to the brain and cause a stroke. Treatments include anticoagulation therapy to dissolve clots, catheter or surgical ablation and LAA occlusion

Attune Medical’s ensoETM is a single use thermal regulating device that is placed in the esophagus similar to a standard gastric tube and connected to an external heat exchange unit, creating a closed-loop system for heat transfer to increase or decrease patient temperature. Its placement in the esophagus, with proximity to blood flow from the heart and great vessels, allows highly efficient heat transfer. EPs are now looking at the device as a way to prevent RF damage to the esophagus during ablations.

Attune Medical’s ensoETM is a single use thermal regulating device that is placed in the esophagus similar to a standard gastric tube and connected to an external heat exchange unit, creating a closed-loop system for heat transfer to increase or decrease patient temperature. EPs are now looking at the device as a way to prevent RF damage to the esophagus during cardiac ablations.
 

News | EP Lab | December 03, 2020
December 3, 2020 – Attune Medical reports the first major peer-reviewed clinical publication using its ensoETM device...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared AliveCor's Kardia AI V2 next generation of interpretive artificial intelligence (AI)-based personal electrocardiogram (ECG) algorithms.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared AliveCor's Kardia AI V2 next generation of interpretive artificial intelligence (AI)-based personal electrocardiogram (ECG) algorithms.

News | Artificial Intelligence | November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared AliveCor's next generation of interpretive...
Videos | Atrial Fibrillation | November 18, 2020
Steven Lubitz, M.D., MPH, cardiac electrophysiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented the late-breaking...
The three-year clinical outcomes of the mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (mSToPS) study evaluated the detection of silent, or previously undiagnosed, atrial fibrillation (AF) in moderate-risk individuals using the FDA-cleared Zio by iRhythm ambulatory monitoring patch. The results support the clinical value of early screening and targeted detection in moderate-risk populations. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020

The three-year clinical outcomes of the mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (mSToPS) study evaluated the detection of silent, or previously undiagnosed, atrial fibrillation (AF) in moderate-risk individuals using the FDA-cleared Zio by iRhythm ambulatory monitoring patch. The results support the clinical value of early screening and targeted detection in moderate-risk populations.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — The three-year clinical outcomes of the mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (mSToPS) study...
The Medtronic SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry system, pictured here, and the Icentia CardioSTAT cardiac rhythm monitoring device both found in reased rates of post-operative atrial fibrillation in the SEARCH-AF trial presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020

The Medtronic SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry system, pictured here, and the Icentia CardioSTAT cardiac rhythm monitoring device both found in reased rates of post-operative atrial fibrillation in the SEARCH-AF trial presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — Atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that can increase the likelihood of stroke, was...
The Medtronic Arctic Front cryoballoon balloon was used a a front-line treatment of AF in the EARLY-AF trial. It was found to be better than anti-arrhythmic drugs in preventing the recurrence of abnormal heart rhythm (atrial tachyarrhythmia, atrial fibrillation), and improve patient well-being.  #AHA #AHA2020 #AHA20

The Medtronic Arctic Front cryoballoon balloon was used a a front-line treatment of AF in the EARLY-AF trial. It was found to be better than anti-arrhythmic drugs in preventing the recurrence of abnormal heart rhythm (atrial tachyarrhythmia, atrial fibrillation), and improve patient well-being.  

News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 – Doctors from the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) presented new data that shows catheter ablation as...
The American Heart Association, AHA, late-breaking sessions, trials, studies. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020
Feature | AHA | November 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is a list of the American Heart Association (AHA) late-breaking clinical trial presentations at the 2020 Virtual...
The Watchman FLX will be tested in the CHAMPION-AF trial looks at next-generation transcatheter LAA device as treatment alternative to NOACs for broader population of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 29, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020 — Boston Scientific initiated the CHAMPION-AF clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the...
Positive clinical data from first-in-human studies of the Conformal Medical left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) CLAAS device performed in the U.S. and Prague were presented at 2020 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Connect virtual meeting. Two two abstracts were presented by William Gray, M.D., from Lankenau Heart Institute, Wynnewood, Penn., and Vivek Reddy, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. #TCT2020 #TCTconnect
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020 — Positive clinical data from first-in-human studies of the Conformal Medical left atrial appendage...
Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Feature | October 09, 2020 | Udi Nussinovitch M.D., Ph.D.
This is an overview of some of the biggest cardiology technology advances. These innovations are covered in more detail...
News | EP Lab | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 — Galaxy Medical, a developer of pulsed electric field (PEF) technology for the treatment of cardiac...

The study used cadaver hearts that were images with contrast enhanced MRI and the images used to create a 3-D computation model of the electrical activation in the heart and how it was influenced by adenosine and ablation. Find more images in the original article

News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 – People who suffer from persistent atrial fibrillation in the heart may find relief from a new...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Biosense Webster ThermoCool SmartTouch SF Ablation Catheter for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (persistent AF).
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 06, 2020
October 6, 2020 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Biosense Webster ThermoCool SmartTouch SF...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 02, 2020
Horst Sievert, M.D., is the director of the Cardiovascular Center Frankfurt, and associate professor of internal...
Videos | EP Lab | September 30, 2020
Peter Weiss M.D., MSc, director of ventricular arrhythmia management and robotics, and assistant clinical professor of...