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

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News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | June 02, 2016
June 2, 2016 — Female atrial fibrillation patients are less likely than their male counterparts to receive blood...
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News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016 — Technavio’s latest report on the U.S. anticoagulants market provides an analysis on the most important...
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The Boston Scientific Watchman device is currently the only transcatheter LAA occluder cleared for use in the United States.

Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | May 20, 2016 | Dave Fornell
Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects nearly 6 million Americans and the condition puts them at significantly greater risk...
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016 — Physician-researchers in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati have developed a...
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News | Cath Lab | May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016 — St. Jude Medical Inc. announced results from two cardiovascular clinical trials presented at EuroPCR...
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News | Structural Heart | May 16, 2016
May 16, 2016 — Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) occurs when the heart’s tricuspid valve leaks, allowing blood to flow back...
News | Ablation Systems | May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016 — Patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome who receive catheter ablation to cure their abnormal heart...
News | Pacemakers | May 09, 2016
May 9, 2016 — Results from a first-of-its-kind study identify a significant increase in the incidence of atrial...
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News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | May 09, 2016
May 9, 2016 — A new study shows the use of novel anticoagulants to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) on an “as needed...
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News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | May 09, 2016
May 9, 2016 — A new study has found an increased risk of dementia in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) that...
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News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 09, 2016
May 9, 2016 — A new study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 37th Annual Scientific Sessions, found that among...
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News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | May 06, 2016
May 6, 2016 — Atrial fibrillation patients taking warfarin are at higher risk of developing kidney failure if...
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Technology | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016 — AtriCure Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the AtriClip PRO2...
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News | Atrial Fibrillation | April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016 — In the first large randomized trial to directly compare two approaches to preventing atrial...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 15, 2016
David Holmes, M.D., professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant, Department of Internal...