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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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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...