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

UNC School of Medicine Receives $1.7 Million for Atrial Fibrillation Program Streamlining Patient Care
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017 — University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine cardiologist Anil Gehi, M.D., will use a $1.7...
Abbott SJM St. Jude Confirm RX implantable cardiac monitor (ICM).

The Abbott Confirm RX implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) is smaller than a computer thumb-drive and in implanted in a simple in-office procedure just under the skin.

Technology | Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) | October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Abbott’s Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac...
Smartphone Apps Help Patients and Providers Manage Atrial Fibrillation
News | Patient Engagement | October 19, 2017
October 19, 2017 — Novel smartphone and tablet applications for atrial fibrillation patients and healthcare...
Baylis Medical and Siemens Co-Sponsor Transseptal Access Training Course
News | EP Lab | October 18, 2017
October 18, 2017 — Baylis Medical Co. Inc. and Siemens Healthineers are co-sponsoring a first-of-its kind training...
CardioFocus Announces European CE Mark Approval of HeartLight Excalibur Balloon
Technology | Ablation Systems | October 10, 2017
October 10, 2017 — CardioFocus Inc. recently announced the European CE Mark approval of the HeartLight Excalibur...
The Apama Radiofrequency (RF) Balloon Catheter System.
News | Ablation Systems | October 02, 2017
October 2, 2017 — Boston Scientific announced a definitive agreement to acquire Apama Medical Inc., a privately-held...
Intracardiac Echo Should be More Widely Adopted to Minimize Radiation in Catheter Ablations
News | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | September 20, 2017
September 20, 2017 — Catheter ablation to treat an irregular heartbeat, which limits or eliminates patients’ exposure...
LAA closure during open heart surgery in the LAACS Study showed better outcomes for all patients.

LAA closure during open heart surgery in the LAACS Study showed better outcomes for all patients.

Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | September 07, 2017
September 7, 2017 — Closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) during heart surgery protects the brain, according to...
EMANATE Trial Shows Apixaban Lowers stroke in AF Patients Undergoing Cardioversion.
News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2017
September 1, 2017 — Apixaban lowers the risk of stroke compared to warfarin in anticoagulation-naïve patients with...
CASTLE-AF Study shows Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation is First-Line Treatment for Heart Failure Patients. Biotronic Ilivia 7 ICD.

The CASTLE-AF Study shows catheter alation of AF can be used effectively to treat heart failure in patients with an implanted ICD.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2017
September 1, 2017 — Final results from the CASTLE-AF study show a 38 percent reduction in the composite of all-cause...
Real-World Analysis Compares Safety, Effectiveness of Apixaban Versus Warfarin
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | August 28, 2017
August 28, 2017 — Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. announced results from an analysis of real-world data...
Three New Atrial Fibrillation Studies to Feature HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System
News | Ablation Systems | August 07, 2017
August 7, 2017 — CardioFocus Inc. announced that its HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System is being featured in three...
Medtronic's Arctic Front cyroablation balloon to treat AF
News | Atrial Fibrillation | August 02, 2017
Aug. 2, 2017 — A new health economic analysis from the landmark FIRE and ICE Trial was published this week in the...
Cardiofocus Heartlight laser ablation system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF).
News | Atrial Fibrillation | August 01, 2017
Aug. 1, 2017 — The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has granted Japanese market clearance for the...
Medtronic Announces First Enrollments in STOP AF First Clinical Trial
News | Ablation Systems | July 24, 2017
July 24, 2017 — Medtronic plc recently announced first enrollments in the STOP AF First clinical trial. The trial will...