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

Texas Heart Institute, Rice University, grant, nanotubes, heart, electrical signals
Feature | EP Lab | September 14, 2015
September 14, 2015 — Texas Heart Institute (THI) announced that it has received a prestigious American Heart...
AliveCor Mobile ECG, AFib, detection, atrial fibrillation

AliveCor Mobile ECG image courtesy of AliveCor

News | ECG Monitoring Services | September 10, 2015
September 10, 2015 — AliveCor Inc. announced significant milestones related to patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib...
News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2015
September 1, 2015 — The first-ever two-year outcomes from the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the Field - Atrial...
Passive Elastography, TTP, U.K., ablation, atrial fibrillation
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 10, 2015
August 10, 2015 — The Technology Partnership (TTP), a U.K.-based research and product development company, has made...
Boehringer Ingelheim, RE-DUAL PCI, RE-CIRCUIT, Pradaxa, first U.S. patients,
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | August 05, 2015
August 5, 2015 — Boehringer Ingelheim announced the first U.S. patients have been enrolled in two of the company's...
triple therapy, dual antiplatelet therapy, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, older patients, JACC
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | August 04, 2015
August 4, 2015 — Triple therapy is no better than dual antiplatelet therapy in preventing major adverse cardiac events...
Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | July 20, 2015
July 20, 2015 - A new study proves race and gender-related disparities exist in care for patients who have recently...
sentraheart lariet, LAA occlusion, FDA safety alert
Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | July 13, 2015
July 13, 2015 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting healthcare providers and patients about reports...
Medtronic, CardioInsight, acquisition, ECVUE, cardiac mapping system

Image courtesy of CardioInsight Technologies Inc.

Feature | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | July 01, 2015
July 1, 2015 - Medtronic has acquired CardioInsight Technologies Inc., a Cleveland-based medical device company that...
SentreHeart, Lariat Suture Delivery Device, FDA, AMAZE Trial, AFib, LAA
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | July 01, 2015
July 1, 2015 - SentreHeart Inc. announced that it has received approval for an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)...
ACC, HRS, SCAI, left atrial appendage occlusion, recommendations
Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | June 30, 2015
June 30, 2015 - The American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and Society for Cardiovascular...
Aspire, thrombectomy, C. Dorn Smith, aspirators, clot, cold leg, removal

Clot in femoral artery caused by atrial fibrillation

News | Thrombectomy Devices | June 11, 2015
June 11, 2015 - C. Dorn Smith, M.D., vascular surgeon in Kingstree, South Carolina, was successful in using a new...
Blog | May 22, 2015
There were several technology takeaway messages for the future of electrophysiology (EP) at the Heart Rhythm Society (...
rivaroxaban, Xarelto, VENTURE-AF, VKA, atrial fibrillation, Heart Rhythm 2015
News | May 21, 2015
May 21, 2015 — Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its development partner Bayer HealthCare announced results from the...
botox, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, HRS
Feature | May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015 — A study presented at Heart Rhythm 2015 found that botulinum toxin (botox) injections into epicardial fat...