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

EMANATE Trial Shows Apixaban Lowers stroke in AF Patients Undergoing Cardioversion.
News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2017

September 1, 2017 — Apixaban lowers the risk of stroke compared to warfarin in anticoagulation-naïve patients with...

CASTLE-AF Study shows Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation is First-Line Treatment for Heart Failure Patients. Biotronic Ilivia 7 ICD.

The CASTLE-AF Study shows catheter alation of AF can be used effectively to treat heart failure in patients with an implanted ICD.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | September 01, 2017

September 1, 2017 — Final results from the CASTLE-AF study show a 38 percent reduction in the composite of all-cause...

Real-World Analysis Compares Safety, Effectiveness of Apixaban Versus Warfarin
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017 — Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. announced results from an analysis of real-world data...

Three New Atrial Fibrillation Studies to Feature HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System
News | Ablation Systems | August 07, 2017

August 7, 2017 — CardioFocus Inc. announced that its HeartLight Endoscopic...

Medtronic's Arctic Front cyroablation balloon to treat AF
News | Atrial Fibrillation | August 02, 2017

Aug. 2, 2017 — A new health economic analysis from the landmark...

Cardiofocus Heartlight laser ablation system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF).
News | Atrial Fibrillation | August 01, 2017

Aug. 1, 2017 — The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has granted Japanese market clearance for the...

Medtronic Announces First Enrollments in STOP AF First Clinical Trial
News | Ablation Systems | July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 — Medtronic plc recently announced first enrollments in the STOP AF First clinical trial. The trial...

Cardiac Insight FDA-approved Cardea Solo wearable ECG monitoring system
News | Atrial Fibrillation | July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 — Cardiac Insight Inc., a U.S. developer of wearable medical devices and diagnostic software,...

Medtronic Reactive ATP Therapy Slows Progression of Atrial Fibrillation in Real-World Population
News | Atrial Fibrillation | July 03, 2017

July 3, 2017 — Medtronic recently announced that its Reactive ATP therapy slows the progression of...

Stroke History Higher in Asymptomatic Versus Symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation Patients
News | Stroke | June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017 — Newly diagnosed asymptomatic...

Biosense webster multielectrode balloon RF ablation catheter

The Biosense Webster multi-electrode balloon RF ablation catheter. Each electrode can have varied power settings to avoid damage to underlying tissues like the esophagus. 

Feature | EP Lab | June 22, 2017 | Dave Fornell

Electrophysiology (EP) technology has been advancing rapidly the past few years with new ablation tools to improve...

Data was positive from the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device from the EWOLUTION registry
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017 — Data was positive for safety and efficacy rates of the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC)...

Abbott SJM Confirm RX Implantable cardiac monitor gains european CE mark approval
News | May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017 — Abbott recently announced European CE mark and first use of the new Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac...

Videos | Atrial Fibrillation | May 17, 2017

Hugh Calkins, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FHRS, director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine at Johns...

Biosense Webster multi-electrode RF ablation balloon

Biosense Webster's multi-electrode RF ablation balloon with irrigation. The system allows operators to change the energy levels of each electrode to avoid damaging sensitive underlying critical structures like the esophagus or phrenic nerve.

Feature | Ablation Systems | May 17, 2017 | Dave Fornell

May 17, 2017 – Clinical trial results from a first-in-human study evaluating the acute feasibility of an...

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