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

Boston Scientific, Watchman LAA device, FDA approval
Technology | March 16, 2015
March 16, 2015 — Boston Scientific Corp. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Watchman...
News | March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015 — AtriCure Inc. announced the first two patients in the Dual Epicardial and Endocardial Procedure (DEEP...
arrhythmia, heart cells, mapping, crosstalk, Johns Hopkins, Ashikaga
News | March 11, 2015
March 11, 2015 — A team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins cardiologist and biomedical engineer Hiroshi Ashikaga, M.D...
atrial fibrillation, women, seniors, guidelines, blood thinners, DCRI
Feature | March 09, 2015
March 9, 2015 — Nearly all women and people over 65 in the United States with atrial fibrillation are advised to take...
ACC, Guideline App, prevention, atrial fibrillation, clinical decision support
Technology | March 06, 2015
March 6, 2015 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has launched version 2.0 of their Guideline Clinical App. With...
Feature | February 24, 2015
February 24, 2015 — Daiichi Sankyo and the Heart Rhythm Society announced results from a global survey, which polled...
Medtronic, Reveal Linq ICM, atrial fibrillation, AF, study, remote monitoring
Feature | February 20, 2015
February 20, 2015 — Medtronic announced the results of a new "real-world" study of patients who have had a cryptogenic...
News | February 12, 2015
February 12, 2015 — Medi-Lynx Cardiac Monitoring LLC and Medicalgorithmics have announced their participation in a...
News | February 10, 2015 | Dave Fornell
As editor of DAIC, I keep a close watch on trends in cardiovascular technology and try to predict what the next big...
Ablation system, atrial fibrillation, Medtronic Arctic Front Advance Cryoballoon

Image courtesy of Medtronic

News | February 10, 2015
February 10, 2015 — Medtronic announced the initiation of the Cryo4 Persistent AF (Cryoballoon Ablation for Early...
AliveCor, Heart Monitor, atrial fibrillation, AF, ECG, Cleveland Clinic, study
News | February 09, 2015
February 9, 2015 — Cleveland Clinic and AliveCor, Inc. announced the online publication of study results from Cleveland...
Ablation Catheters, Atrial Fibrillation, EP Lab, FlexAbility Ablation Catheter

Image courtesy of St. Jude Medical

Technology | January 29, 2015
January 29, 2015 — St. Jude Medical Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the FlexAbility...
Blog | January 21, 2015
The America College of Cardiology has released its list of key late-breaking clinical trials at the ACC 2015 meeting in...
Savaysa, Daiichi Sankyo, edoxaban, FDA, approval, NVAF, thromboembolism
Technology | January 13, 2015
January 12, 2015 — Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved...
CardioFocus, HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System, Japan Lifeline, distribution

Image courtesy of CardioFocus Inc.

News | January 12, 2015
January 12, 2015 — CardioFocus Inc., developer of the HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System for the treatment of atrial...