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

Medtronic, Arctic Front, Advance Cryoablation Catheter, FDA, CE Mark
Technology | May 18, 2015
May 18, 2015 — Medtronic plc announced the Arctic Front Advance ST Cryoablation Catheter has received U.S. Food and...
safe exercise level, atrial fibrillation, AF, men, women, HRS
News | May 18, 2015
May 18, 2015 — New research reports significant differences between men and women with atrial fibrillation (AF) and the...
HRS, early menopause, atrial fibrillation, Women's Health Study
News | May 15, 2015
May 15, 2015 — A largest-of-its kind study has found that women who experience menopause at a younger age are at a...
HRS, National Stroke Association, atrial fibrillation, AF, misperceptions, paper
Feature | May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015 — A white paper published by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and National Stroke Association characterizes...
Abbott, GE, CardioLab, RhythmView, atrial fibrillation, source

GE's CardioLab is one half of the integrated system with Abbott that will provide patient-specific data on the heart's electrical activity in real time.

Technology | May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015 — Abbott and GE Healthcare announced an agreement that will bring real-time, patient-specific data about...
Blog | May 11, 2015
The Heart Rhythm Society’s 36th Annual Scientific Sessions, May 13-16, 2015 in Boston, will offer the latest clinical...
News | May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015 — The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has released the list of its 12 late-breaking electrophysiology (EP)...
Medtronic, SYMPLICITY AF, PVI, renal denervation, Arctic Front, Spyral, G3
Feature | May 05, 2015
May 5, 2015 — Medtronic plc announced the start of a clinical study to determine whether paroxysmal and persistent...
Watchman, LAA, left atrial appendage

The Watchman LAA occluder being implanted in the left atrial appendage via a delivery catheter through a transseptal puncture.

Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 30, 2015 | Dave Fornell
The long-awaited U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the first transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA...
Johns Hopkins, motion-tracking MRI, stroke risk, atrial fibrillation
News | April 28, 2015
April 28, 2015 — Researchers from Johns Hopkins performing sophisticated motion studies of heart magnetic resonance...
Medtronic, GOLD AF Registry, PVAC GOLD, atrial fibrillation, ablation catheter
News | April 09, 2015
April 9, 2015 — Medtronic plc announced the first patient enrollment in the GOLD AF Registry, a prospective,...
catheter ablation, Afib, Amiodarone, Luigi Di Biase, ACC, heart failure
Feature | March 27, 2015
March 27, 2015 — Patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation were less likely to experience death,...
Videos | EP Lab | March 25, 2015
Learn about the trends and new technology in electrophysiology (EP) in an interview with David Wilber, M.D., editor of...
Videos | ACC | March 25, 2015
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares his picks of the most interesting new devices and advances in cardiovascular technology...
Feature | March 24, 2015
March 24, 2015 — Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who received ablation while they were already undergoing...