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

A CyberHeart cardiac ablation radiotherapy treatment plan showing where the radiation beam will ablate for a noninvasive pulmonary vein isolation procedure. Varian acquires, buys, purchases Cyberheart.

A CyberHeart cardiac ablation radiotherapy treatment plan showing where the radiation beams will ablate for a noninvasive pulmonary vein isolation procedure to treat an arrhythmia.

Feature | Ablation Systems | May 10, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor

May 10, 2019 — Radiation oncology vendor Varian announced it acquired the start-up company CyberHeart, which has...

Philips and Medtronic Collaborate on Image-guided Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | May 09, 2019

May 9, 2019 — Philips announced a collaboration with Medtronic to further advance treatment of...

Ablation Reduces Risk of Dementia in Patients With AFib and Carotid Artery Disease
News | Ablation Systems | May 08, 2019

May 8, 2019 — Even though many medical practitioners may opt not to perform procedures on higher-risk patients, new...

CardioFocus Announces European CE Mark Approval Of HeartLight X3 System
News | Ablation Systems | April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 — CardioFocus Inc. announced the European CE Mark approval of the HeartLight X3 Endoscopic...

Apixaban Effective in Specific Cohort of Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019 — The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance announced results from the Phase 4 AUGUSTUS trial...

The opening late-breaking trial at ACC 2019 is the Apple Heart Study, a large-scale, app-based study to identify atrial fibrillation using a smartwatch. Earlier, smaller trials showed this approach might be used in a population health application to proactively identify AFib patients earlier.

Feature | ACC | March 19, 2019

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a list of the...

Apple Heart Study Demonstrates Ability of Wearable Technology to Detect Atrial Fibrillation
News | Wearables | March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 — Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine presented preliminary results of the...

First Patient Treated With QDot Micro Ablation Catheter
News | Ablation Systems | February 04, 2019

February 4, 2019 – Biosense Webster has enrolled and treated the first patient in its U.S....

Rivaroxaban is among four new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) now recommended by atrial fibrillation guidelines over the old standard of warfarin.

Rivaroxaban is among four new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) now recommended by atrial fibrillation guidelines over the old standard of warfarin.

 

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | January 30, 2019

January 30, 2019 — Updated atrial fibrillation (AFib) treatment guidelines released this week now recommend new oral...

Acutus AcQMap Imaging System Helps Eliminate Arrhythmia With Single Ablation
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019 — Acutus Medical announced 12-month data from the UNCOVER-AF trial investigating the use of the...

FDA Approves TactiCath Contact Force Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled
Technology | Ablation Systems | January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019 — Abbott announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the TactiCath Contact Force...

Aurigen Medical Atrial Fibrillation Device Wins ICI Innovation Award
News | Atrial Fibrillation | December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018 — Irish medical device company AuriGen Medical won the prestigious Global Innovation Award at the...

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