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

The Affera Inc. pulsed field (PF) energy radiofrequency ablation system. First-in-human trial shows new point-by-point approach provides increased flexibility and efficiency for physicians treating arrhythmia patients. #HRS #HRS2020 #HRS20 #heartrhythm20

The Affera Inc. pulsed field (PF) energy radiofrequency ablation system.

Feature | Ablation Systems | May 08, 2020
May 8, 2020 — A new clinical trial effectively uses pulsed field (PF) energy to treat patients with persistent or...
Necklace Patient Monitor Detects Abnormal Heart Rhythm. An necklace has been developed that detects abnormal heart rhythm will be showcased for the first time on EHRA Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This wearable necklace ECG monitor provides a new and easy method for detecting an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and is accurate, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.

This wearable necklace ECG monitor provides a new and easy method for detecting an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and is accurate, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.

News | Wearables | May 08, 2020
May 2020 — An necklace has been developed that detects abnormal heart rhythm will be showcased for the first time on...
Cardiac Insight's Heart@Home ECG Test Kit can help address new telehealth demands placed on cardiology practices by the COVID-19 response using arrhythmia diagnosis technology of the wearable Cardea Solo Sensor.

Cardiac Insight's [email protected] ECG Test Kit can help address new telehealth demands placed on cardiology practices by the COVID-19 response using arrhythmia diagnosis technology of the wearable Cardea Solo Sensor. 

News | ECG Wireless Remote Access | May 04, 2020
May 4, 2020 — Cardiac Insight Inc., a U.S.-based digital healthcare innovator specializing in body-worn sensor...
POPULAR TAVR trial Shows Oral Anticoagulants Alone in atrial fibrillation  (AF) Patients Reduces Bleeding Post TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement. #ACC20 #ACC2020
News | Atrial Fibrillation | March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020 — Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who took oral anticoagulants alone after undergoing...
OTC ECG devices

OTC ECG devices can help detect abnormal heart rhythms in the general population, and this technology will continue to improve.

Feature | ECG | March 11, 2020
Apple created a stir when it announced in 2018 that its Apple Watch Series 4 was the first consumer health and fitness...
Videos | Structural Heart | February 27, 2020
Charles D. Resor, M.D., MSc, assistant director, cardiac catheterization lab, Tufts Medical Center and assistant...
Several wearable, less-obtrusive ECG monitors fhave been cleared by the FDA for longer wear. This example is Cardiac Insight’s Cardea SOLO device. 

Several wearable, less-obtrusive ECG monitors have been cleared by the FDA for longer wear. This example is Cardiac Insight’s Cardea SOLO device. 

Feature | ECG | February 19, 2020
When the patients of Michael Boler, M.D. need cardiac monitoring, the Holter monitor is no longer his first choice. “...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a the CATALYST trial designed to assess Abbott's Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder for people with atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib). 
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | February 03, 2020
February 3, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a the CATALYST trial designed to assess...
Medtronic's PulseSelect Pulsed Field Ablation (PFA) System

Medtronic's PulseSelect Pulsed Field Ablation (PFA) System.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | January 31, 2020
January 31, 2020 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Medtronic approval to proceed with an...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two applications for the first generics of the anticoagulant Eliquis (apixaban).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two applications for the first generics of the anticoagulant Eliquis (apixaban).

Feature | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | December 27, 2019
December 27, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two applications for the first generics of...
Peter Weiss, M.D., explains a Stereotaxis robotically navigated cardiac ablation procedure at Banner University Medicine Heart Institute.

Peter Weiss, M.D., explains a Stereotaxis robotically navigated cardiac ablation procedure at Banner University Medicine Heart Institute.

Feature | EP Lab | December 23, 2019 | J. Peter Weiss, M.D., MSc
Robotic technology, which helps carry out repetitive tasks efficiently and precisely, has been gaining ground in...
ECG
News | AHA | November 22, 2019
November 22, 2019 — Artificial intelligence can examine electrocardiogram (ECG) test results, a common medical test, to...
Michigan Hospital Improves Post-CABG Outcomes Using Proactive Amiodarone Protocol
News | Cardiovascular Surgery | October 23, 2019
October 23, 2019 — Proactive administration of amiodarone to patients recovering from a common heart surgery shows...
Frequent Drinking Greater Risk Factor for Heart Rhythm Disorder Than Binge Drinking

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 —  Drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently is linked with a higher likelihood of atrial...
Research Improves Understanding of Mechanism of Atrial Fibrillation
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 — Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia in humans. This condition increases the risk...