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

Fitbit trackers could help detect atrial fibrillation
News | Wearables | October 17, 2019
October 17, 2019 — The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance and Fitbit announced at the TIME 100 Health Summit in New...
Kardium Announces Successful Results From GLOBAL-AF Study
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | October 15, 2019
October 15, 2019 — Kardium Inc. announced that the Globe mapping and ablation system has successfully demonstrated...
The life of Afib patient Glynn Crawford was saved three days after being prescribed a Zoll LifeVest wearable defibrillator by his cardiologist Barbara Williams, M.D., at   University Hospitals Ahuja Medical CenterShe identified him as a high-risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

The life of Afib patient Glynn Crawford was saved three days after being prescribed a Zoll LifeVest wearable defibrillator by his cardiologist Barbara Williams, M.D., at   University Hospitals Ahuja Medical CenterShe identified him as a high-risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

Feature | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | October 07, 2019
October 7, 2019 — Glynn Crawford was hospitalized at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center in late June/early July...
Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center Opening at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
News | Heart Failure | September 20, 2019
September 20, 2019 — The new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., will open Sept....
InfoBionic’s MoMe Kardia remote ECG monitor is an example of the newer generation devices that are replacing traditional Holter monitors. It has a single button for patients to create an alert when they are experiencing arrhythmia symptoms.

InfoBionic’s MoMe Kardia remote ECG monitor is an example of the newer generation devices that are replacing traditional Holter monitors. It has a single button for patients to create an alert when they are experiencing arrhythmia symptoms.

Feature | ECG Wireless Remote Access | August 30, 2019 | Stuart Long and Colin Movsowitz, M.D.
Until recently, cardiologists trying to diagnose and treat arrhythmias have had to deal with technological limitations...
The Apple Watch is being used to help identify and track Afib in the general population.

The Apple Watch is being used to help identify and track Afib in the general population.  

Blog | Wearables | August 29, 2019
  Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, kills about 130,000 people worldwide every year. It also affects 3 to 6 million people...
Computer Simulations May Treat Most Common Heart Rhythm Disorder

The OPTIMA (Optimal Target Identification via Modelling of Arrhythmogenesis) simulator uses contrast-enhanced MRI scans to create personalized digital replicas of a patient's heart to guide catheter abation for atrial fibrillation. Image courtesy of Patrick M. Boyle and Natalia A. Trayanova.

News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | August 19, 2019
August 19, 2019 — Scientists at Johns Hopkins have successfully created personalized digital replicas of the upper...
Videos | EP Lab | July 26, 2019
Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac...
Dr. Markus Krane, deputy director of the Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Unit at the DHM helped compile an atlas of the heart and discovered myosin binding protein H-like (MYBPHL) occurs only in the atria of the heart. Researchers began using it as a blood test biomarker to assess the success of atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.

Dr. Markus Krane, deputy director of the Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Unit at the DHM helped compile an atlas of the heart and discovered myosin binding protein H-like (MYBPHL) occurs only in the atria of the heart. Researchers began using it as a blood test biomarker to assess the success of atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | July 24, 2019
July 24, 2019 — Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common abnormal heart rhythm. It is treated either with medications or...
New Technology Improves Atrial Fibrillation Detection After Stroke
News | Atrial Fibrillation | July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019 — A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely...
Charge Density Mapping Eliminates Repeat Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation at One Year
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | July 15, 2019
July 15, 2019 — Acutus Medical announced the publication of the UNCOVER AF study in Circulation: Arrhythmia and...
Innovative Health Receives FDA Clearance to Reprocess Pentaray Nav Eco High-density Mapping Catheter
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | July 05, 2019
July 5, 2019 — Single-use cardiology medical device reprocessing company Innovative Health, received U.S. Food and Drug...
Veradigm Partners With American College of Cardiology on Next-generation Research Registries
News | Cardiovascular Clinical Studies | July 03, 2019
July 3, 2019 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has partnered with Veradigm, an Allscripts business unit, to...
Biotronik Launches Biomonitor III Injectable Cardiac Monitor in the CE Region
News | Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) | July 01, 2019
July 1, 2019 – Biotronik announced the European market release of its new injectable cardiac monitor (ICM), Biomonitor...
Videos | Atrial Fibrillation | June 21, 2019
Sanjaya Gupta, M.D., electrophysiologist, St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, and assistant professor, University...