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 Shows Positive Results for Patients With Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
News | Ablation Systems | April 12, 2018
April 12, 2018 — Medtronic plc announced one-year results from the CRYO4PERSISTENT AF study of ablation with the Arctic...
Depression Linked to Increased Atrial Fibrillation Risk
News | Atrial Fibrillation | March 27, 2018
March 27, 2018 — Depression may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder that...
Self-Applied Chest Patch Catches Atrial Fibrillation More Quickly Than Usual Care
News | Wearables | March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018 — For people at heightened risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common heart rhythm disorder that also...
ECG on Smartwatch Accurately Detects AFib
News | ACC | March 15, 2018
March 15, 2018 – A newly-designed wristband and corresponding app that works with a smartwatch can accurately display...
ACC 2018 highlights and trends.  #acc.18, #ACC, #ACC2018
Feature | ACC | January 31, 2018
The rapid pace of change continues to be a hallmark in cardiovascular medicine and many see that pace accelerating. In...
Boston Scientific's Apama multi-electrode ablation balloon to treat atrial fibrillation.

Boston Scientific's Apama multi-electrode ablation balloon to treat atrial fibrillation. The technology allows different energies to be used for each electrode to prevent damage to the esophagus or other underlying critical structures. 

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | January 15, 2018 | Dave Fornell
The development of atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) ablation technologies over the past 20 years has been a constant...
Heart Rhythm Society Partners With WebMD Education to Increase Atrial Fibrillation Awareness
News | Atrial Fibrillation | January 02, 2018
January 2, 2018 — The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), in partnership with WebMD Education, announced in December the launch...
The Boston Scientific Rhythmia Mapping System produces higher-density voltage maps without increasing overall procedure time.

The Boston Scientific Rhythmia Mapping System produces higher-density voltage maps without increasing overall procedure time. It was the first of a new generation of high-density mapping systems to be introduced.

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | December 18, 2017 | Kenneth Stein, M.D. FACC FHRS
When I began practicing as an electrophysiologist in 1994, the dream of successfully using cardiac catheter ablation to...
New Oral Anticoagulant Drugs Associated with Lower Kidney Risks
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | December 12, 2017
December 12, 2017 — Mayo Clinic researchers have shown a link between which type of oral anticoagulant a patient takes...
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | November 16, 2017
November 16, 2017 — Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. released real-world data (RWD) of outcomes associated...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | November 14, 2017
Vivek Reddy, M.D., director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine, cardiology, Mount Sinai Hospital...
Acutus dipole density EP mapping for ablation procedures.

The FDA recently cleared high-speed Acutus Medical's AcQMap High Resolution image and mapping system and the AcQMap 3-D Imaging and Mapping Catheter.  detects and displays both standard voltage-based and higher resolution dipole density (charge-source) maps. The system combines ultrasound anatomy construction with an ability to map the electrical-conduction of each heartbeat to identify complex arrhythmias across the entire atrial chamber. Following each ablation treatment, the heart can be re-mapped in seconds to continually visualize any changes from the prior mapping.

 

 

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | November 07, 2017
November 7, 2017 — Here is an aggregated list of articles detailing the latest clinical data and new device technology...
The Watchman LAA occluder PREVAIL Trial 5-year results were presented at the 2017 TCT meeting.
Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | November 02, 2017
November 2, 2017 – Five-year results from the PREVAIL Trial comparing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the...
Videos | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | October 24, 2017
This video, provided by Acutus Medical, demonstrates a patient case showing the use of the AcQMap high-resolution...
Acutus Medical Receives FDA Clearance for AcQMap Cardiac Mapping Technology
Technology | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017 — Acutus Medical announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the AcQMap ...