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

Xarelto, rivaroxaban, PMSS study, ACC 2016, NVAF, atrial fibrillation, stroke
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | April 08, 2016

April 8, 2016 — New data from an ongoing post-marketing study confirm the safety profile of Xarelto (rivaroxaban)...

Kardia Band, Alivecor

The Alivecor Kardia Band for the Apple Watch enables anyone to perform a medical-grade ECG anywhere.

Technology | Wearable Sensors | March 28, 2016

AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (ECG) technology for mobile devices, announced today the...

aMAZE Trial enrollment, The Valley Hospital NJ, atrial fibrillation
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016 — The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., is one of 15 U.S. sites currently enrolling patients in a...

Biotronik, BioMonitor 2, AF remote monitoring, atrial fibrillation, U.K. and Ireland
News | Remote Monitoring | March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 — Biotronik announced that its BioMonitor 2 heart monitor is now available for patients in the United...

Technology | Ablation Systems | March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016 — Boston Scientific has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Blazer Open...

AtriCure, AtriClip, ATLAS study, first patient enrolled, POAF, post-operative atrial fibrillation
News | Structural Heart | February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016 — AtriCure Inc. announced that the first patient was enrolled and treated at PinnacleHealth...

Watchman, LAA closure device, cost effectiveness, VIvek Reddy, stroke reduction, study
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | January 06, 2016

January 6, 2016 — A new study determined that the...

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News | ACC | December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015 — In 2015, results from the ITALIC and CvLPRIT trials, along with studies examining lifestyle...

ROCKET AF, executive committee, secondary analysis, rivaroxaban, FDA recall
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 — The ROCKET AF Clinical Trial Executive Committee announced its secondary analysis of the phase...

Biotronik, CLS, B3 clinical trial, atrial fibrillation, AF patients, stroke risk
News | EP Lab | December 08, 2015

December 8, 2015 — Biotronik announced the first patient enrollments to the B3 clinical trial. The study will...

coherex Wave Crest LAA Occluder

Coherex WaveCrest Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occlusion System.

News | November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015 — Biosense Webster announced it has acquired Coherex Medical Inc., a privately held medical device...

Boston Scientific, Watchman FLX, LAA closure device, CE mark, first European implants
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 — Boston Scientific announced the first implants of the Watchman FLX...

Pradaxa, warfarin, safety and effectiveness, NVAF, non-valvular atrial fibrillation, clinical trial, AHA Scientific Sessions
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | November 11, 2015

November 11, 2015 — Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Boehringer Ingelheim announced the results of a new...

StopAfib.org, atrial fibrillation, AF-related stroke, patient engagement materials

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News | Stroke | November 03, 2015

November 3, 2015 — In recognition of World Stroke Day, the patient-focused organization StopAfib.org launched a...

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