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 Cryoballoon Improves Quality of Life, Reduces Systems of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
News | Ablation Systems | August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018 — Medtronic plc announced new findings from the CRYO4PERSISTENT AF clinical trial demonstrating...
Boston Scientific to Acquire Cryterion Medical Inc.
News | Ablation Systems | July 13, 2018
July 13, 2018 — Boston Scientific Corp. recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cryterion Medical Inc., a...
Treating AFib With Ablation Reduces Mortality and Stroke
News | Ablation Systems | July 05, 2018
July 5, 2018 — Using catheter-based ablation instead of medications alone reduces the risks of death and stroke in...
AFib Patients Want More Information About Anticoagulation Reversal
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018 — Results from a 902-person, five-country survey of people living with atrial fibrillation (AF) reinforce...
Watchman FLX in Clinical Trial at MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | June 26, 2018
June 26, 2018 — MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute physicians participating in a clinical trial have become the...
An example of an automated summary cardiac monitor report from Medicalgorithmics' PocketECG system. Most of the the report parameters can be opened as separate pages with additional automated report summaries and graphical data charts.

An example of an automated summary cardiac monitor report from Medicalgorithmics' PocketECG system. Most of the the report parameters can be opened as separate pages with additional automated report summaries and graphical data charts. 

Blog | Remote Monitoring | June 20, 2018
There is a movement toward real-time, remote cardiac monitoring with the latest generation of event and Holter monitor...
Volta Medical Brings Artificial Intelligence to Cardiac Electrophysiology

Image courtesy of Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute

News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | June 12, 2018
June 12, 2018 — Volta Medical, out of Marseille, France, has developed the first artificial intelligence (AI) software...
A view of the EPD Solutions catheter ablation system image guidance. It displays the catheter within a pre-acquired 3D segmented CT image. The D700 system provides a real-time lesion assessment tool that predicts transmurality and permanency of lesions, pre- and immediately post-ablation.

A view of the EPD Solutions catheter ablation system image guidance. It displays the catheter within a pre-acquired 3D segmented CT image. The D700 system provides a real-time lesion assessment tool that predicts transmurality and permanency of lesions, pre- and immediately post-ablation.

News | EP Lab | June 05, 2018
June 5, 2018 — Philips Healthcare has signed an agreement to acquire EPD Solutions, a provider of image-guidance in...
Digital mHealth advances like wearable heart monitors, use of smartphone apps and artificial intelligence will reshape the standard of care in the coming years according to three recent JACC articles.

Digital mHealth advances like wearable heart monitors, smartphone apps and artificial intelligence will reshape the standard of care in the coming years according to three recent JACC articles.

Feature | Information Technology | June 05, 2018
June 5, 2018 — The future of cardiovascular care will be transformed by advances in artificial intelligence, digital...
Severe radiation burn caused by extended X-ray angiography in the same location in the cath lab. Controlling cath lab radiation dose was a big topic in, with three articles on this subject making the top 20 list.

A severe radiation burn caused by extended X-ray angiography in the same location during an interventional procedure in the cath lab. Controlling cath lab radiation dose was a big topic this past month, with three articles on this subject making the top 20 list. This image is a figure included in the new joint cardiology society consensus document on radiation from medical imaging from the third story on this list.

Feature | June 01, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor
June 1, 2018 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Gencaro Does Not Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Risk in Heart Failure Patients
News | Heart Failure | May 30, 2018
May 30, 2018 — Data from the GENETIC-AF trial was presented in a “Late Breaking Clinical Trials” oral presentation at...
First-in-human Electroporation Ablation Study Finds Pulsed Electric Fields Can Target Specific Tissue For Atrial Fibrillation. #HRS2018 #HRS18

Figure 1: Images showing the effect of both surgical epicardial PEF ablation and catheter based PEF ablation in the first-in-human electroporation ablation study to freat Afib.

News | May 25, 2018
May 25, 2018 — Data from the first-in-human study using pulsed electric field (PEF) energy ablate heart tissue in the...
Atrial Fibrillation Patients Diagnosed With Carotid Atery Disease Face Increased Risk of Dementia

Image courtesy of Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute

News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 24, 2018
May 24, 2018 — Atrial fibrillation patients who are diagnosed with carotid artery disease face higher risks for...
The Medtronic Reveal Linq implantable cardiac monitor allows for 24/7 monitoring

New cardiac monitoring technologies allow for longer duration data collection. The Medtronic Reveal Linq implantable cardiac monitor allows for 24/7 monitoring for up to three years. This might not be necessary for most patients, and there are several newer Holter monitors that can record up to several days or several weeks of data in real-time.  

Blog | ECG Wireless Remote Access | May 23, 2018
New patient monitoring technologies with wireless connectivity have enabled a revolution in cardiac event and Holter...
Medtronic AdaptivCRT Feature Associated with Improved Heart Failure Patient Survival
News | Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRT) | May 22, 2018
May 22, 2018 — Medtronic plc announced study results showing its AdaptivCRT algorithm is associated with improved...