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

AATS 2016, tricuspid regurgitation, post mitral valve repair, Tirone E. David, atrial fibrillation
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...
daily oral anticoagulation therapy, OAT, atrial fibrillation, as needed, HRS 2016 study
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...
warfarin, atrial fibrillation, dementia, Intermountain Healthcare Study, HRS 2016
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...
atrial fibrillation risk, heart failure, African Americans, Hispanics, whites, HRS 2016
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...
warfarin, atrial fibrillation, kidney failure, HRS 2016
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...
AtriCure, AtriClip PRO2 LAA Exclusion System, left atrial appendage, FDA clearance
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...
post-operative atrial fibrillation, AFib, heart rate, rhythm control, ACC.16
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...
Xarelto, rivaroxaban, PMSS study, ACC 2016, NVAF, atrial fibrillation, stroke
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | April 08, 2016
April 8, 2016 — New data from an ongoing post-marketing study confirm the safety profile of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) was...
Kardia Band, Alivecor

The Alivecor Kardia Band for the Apple Watch enables anyone to perform a medical-grade ECG anywhere.

Technology | Wearables | March 28, 2016
AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (ECG) technology for mobile devices, announced today the...
atrial fibrillation patients, high stroke risk, not prescribed medication, JAMA Cardiology study
News | Pharmaceuticals | March 17, 2016
March 17, 2016 — Nearly half of all atrial fibrillation (AF) patients at the highest risk for stroke are not being...
aMAZE Trial enrollment, The Valley Hospital NJ, atrial fibrillation
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | March 16, 2016
March 16, 2016 — The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., is one of 15 U.S. sites currently enrolling patients in a...
Biotronik, BioMonitor 2, AF remote monitoring, atrial fibrillation, U.K. and Ireland
News | Remote Monitoring | March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016 — Biotronik announced that its BioMonitor 2 heart monitor is now available for patients in the United...