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

News | Atrial Fibrillation | January 04, 2017

January 4, 2017 — A smartphone application made it possible to use the iPhone camera to detect atrial fibrillation...

INRatio, Alere, Abbott, I and R testing, INR testing
Feature | Point of Care Testing | December 07, 2016

December 7, 2016 — Abbott has filed a complaint to terminate its proposed acquisition of Alere based on the...

Siemens, FDA clearance, Xprecia Stride Coagulation Analyzer, point-of-care testing
Technology | Point of Care Testing | November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016 — Siemens Healthineers announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for a...

watchman LAA occluder, LAAO registry
Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | November 07, 2016

November 7, 2016 – Results from the U.S. real-world, post-FDA approval experience of the Watchman device found high...

Acutus Medical, AcQMap High Resolution Imaging and Mapping System, atrial fibrillation, UNCOVER-AF trial, first procedure
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 — Acutus Medical announced the completion of the first patient procedure in the “Utilizing Novel...

UAB, University of Alabama at Birmingham study, stroke prevention, non-valvular atrial fibrillation, NVAF
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016 — A recent study from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers published in PLOS ONE ...

SentreHeart, Lariat Suture Delivery Device, financing round, aMAZE Trial
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 — SentreHeart Inc. announced in late September the closing of a $35 million Series D round of...

Medtronic, FIRE AND ICE trial, Arctic Front, cryoballoon catheter ablation, radiofrequency RF ablation, study results, Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions
News | Ablation Systems | October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016 — Medtronic plc last week unveiled new health economic analysis data from the FIRE AND ICE trial...

SentreHeart, Eclipse Surgical Device, left atrial appendage, LAA closure, first clinical use, Poland
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016 — SentreHeart Inc. announced this week it has treated the first patients using the Eclipse Surgical...

CardioKinetix, Parachute device, Heart Failure device therapy

The CardioKinetix Parachute device implant shown deployed in the left ventricle of a heart failure patient. The device helps remodel the ventricle to improve the heart's ability to pump blood more efficiently. 

Feature | Heart Failure | September 29, 2016 | Abha Mishra

New cardiovascular device therapies for atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) are rapidly evolving with...

European Heart Rhythm Association, EHRA White Book 2016, EP Europace supplement, cardiac rhythm device use, Europe
News | EP Lab | September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 — In August, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and EP Europace journal announced the...

Pradaxa, dabigatran, GLORIA-AF registry, ESC Congress 2016, NVAF
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | September 01, 2016

September 1, 2016 — First outcome results from the GLORIA-AF Registry show that treatment with Pradaxa (dabigatran...

News | Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRT) | August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016 — Medtronic plc announced results from the...

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