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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Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders

November 7, 2016 – Results from the U.S. real-world, post-FDA approval experience of the Watchman device found high ...

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October 27, 2016 — Acutus Medical announced the completion of the first patient procedure in the “Utilizing Novel Dipole ...

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October 25, 2016 — A recent study from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers published in PLOS ONE compa ...

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News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders

October 20, 2016 — SentreHeart Inc. announced in late September the closing of a $35 million Series D round of financing ...

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News | Ablation Systems

October 17, 2016 — Medtronic plc last week unveiled new health economic analysis data from the FIRE AND ICE trial that ...

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News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders

October 13, 2016 — SentreHeart Inc. announced this week it has treated the first patients using the Eclipse Surgical ...

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CardioKinetix, Parachute device, Heart Failure device therapy
Feature | Heart Failure | Abha Mishra

New cardiovascular device therapies for atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) are rapidly evolving with the ...

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September 27, 2016 — In August, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and EP Europace journal announced the ...

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September 1, 2016 — First outcome results from the GLORIA-AF Registry show that treatment with Pradaxa (dabigatran ...

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News | Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRT)

August 30, 2016 — Medtronic plc announced results from the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Efficacy Enhancement (CRTee ...

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Cybersecurity concerns were raised over the St. Jude Medical (SJM) Merlin@home EP device home monitoring system
Feature | EP Lab | Dave Fornell

August 29, 2016 — Investment research firm Muddy Waters Capital released a report Aug. 25 saying it believes St. Jude ...

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News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies

August 16, 2016 — Warfarin prescribed to prevent strokes in atrial fibrillation may not adequately control blood ...

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Technology | Ablation Systems

August 15, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted market approval for the Biosense Webster Thermocool ...

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August 9, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted market approval for the Emblem MRI Subcutaneous ...

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Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | Dave Fornell

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF or Afib) are high risk for stroke due to the formation of thrombus emboli in the ...

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