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

Ablation procedure, EP lab, Uninterrupted Dabigatran Etexilate in Comparison to Uninterrupted Warfarin in Pulmonary Vein Ablation
Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017 — Uninterrupted treatment with dabigatran (Pradaxa), a non-vitamin K, novel antagonist oral...
Aegis Medical Innovations, Sierra Ligation System, U.S. clinical trial, FDA approval, LAA occluder
Technology | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017 — Aegis Medical Innovations Inc. announced that it has received Investigational Device Exemption...
warfarin, anticoagulation therapy, atrial fibrillation patients, Duke Clinical Research Institute study, stroke
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | March 14, 2017
March 14, 2017 — More than 80 percent of stroke patients with a history of atrial fibrillation either received not...
Medtronic, expanded indication, Freezor Xtra Cryoablation Catheter, AVNRT, atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia
Technology | Ablation Systems | February 16, 2017
February 16, 2017 — Medtronic plc announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its Freezor Xtra...
Ohio State, Wexner Medical Center, keeping human hearts alive, track abnormal beats, reanimate, Vadim Fedorov

Part of a donated human heart is reanimated and recorded with four high-definition optic cameras in a laboratory at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Researchers keep the heart tissue alive to look for the causes of irregular heartbeats in cases of persistent atrial fibrillation. Image courtesy of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

News | EP Lab | February 01, 2017
February 1, 2017 — Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to revive parts of human hearts in the...
CardioFocus, HeartLight Excalibur Balloon, 22nd Annual AF Symposium, atrial fibrillation, initial clinical evaluation
News | Ablation Systems | January 25, 2017
January 25, 2017 — CardioFocus Inc. recently announced the initial clinical evaluation of the HeartLight Excalibur...
atrial fibrillation patients, warfarin therapy, medication adherence, University of Michigan study, JAMA Cardiology
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | January 11, 2017
January 11, 2017 — For patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common form of heart arrhythmia, a main goal of...
SentreHeart, Lariat Suture Delivery Device, aMAZE Trial, Stage I, enrollment complete
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | January 06, 2017
January 6, 2017 — SentreHeart Inc. announced that it has completed the Stage I enrollment milestone in the aMAZE Trial...
News | Atrial Fibrillation | January 04, 2017
January 4, 2017 — A smartphone application made it possible to use the iPhone camera to detect atrial fibrillation via...
INRatio, Alere, Abbott, I and R testing, INR testing
Feature | Point of Care Testing | December 07, 2016
December 7, 2016 — Abbott has filed a complaint to terminate its proposed acquisition of Alere based on the substantial...
atrial fibrillation, warfarin, dementia, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, American Heart Association, AHA Scientific Sessions 2016
News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 15, 2016
November 15, 2016 — Atrial fibrillation patients who use warfarin to lower risk of stroke are at higher risk of...
catheter ablations, atrial fibrillation, stroke risk, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute study, AHA Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association
News | Ablation Systems | November 14, 2016
November 14, 2016 — Atrial fibrillation patients with a prior history of stroke who undergo catheter ablation lower...
Siemens, FDA clearance, Xprecia Stride Coagulation Analyzer, point-of-care testing
Technology | Point of Care Testing | November 10, 2016
November 10, 2016 — Siemens Healthineers announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for a hand-...
watchman LAA occluder, LAAO registry
Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | November 07, 2016
November 7, 2016 – Results from the U.S. real-world, post-FDA approval experience of the Watchman device found high...
Acutus Medical, AcQMap High Resolution Imaging and Mapping System, atrial fibrillation, UNCOVER-AF trial, first procedure
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | October 27, 2016
October 27, 2016 — Acutus Medical announced the completion of the first patient procedure in the “Utilizing Novel...