Tag Archive: Atrial Fibrillation

Nov 30

A diet rich in foods with antioxidants appears to provide protection against the development of atrial fibrillation (AF)

A diet rich in foods with antioxidants appears to provide protection against the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) following cardiac surgery, suggest the results of a new observational study published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Nov 29

An analysis of a Canadian registry of patients with atrial fibrillation

An analysis of a Canadian registry of patients with atrial fibrillation revealed that one in five treated with oral anticoagulants were also treated with antiplatelet medication and that a “substantial proportion” of patients treated with the dual therapy did not have a compelling reason for adding the antiplatelet drug. The findings were presented at the …

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Nov 21

Particular attention should be given to kidney function in patients taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation

Particular attention should be given to kidney function in patients taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation, suggests a study on major bleeding at various levels of kidney function. Bleeding rates were consistently higher in the first 30 days of warfarin therapy across all estimated glomerular filtration rate categories, reported the study presented at Kidney Week 2014.

Sep 25

New, longer-term data on the Watchman left atrial appendage occluder from Boston Scientific studied in the PREVAIL trial suggests an increased risk of ischemic stroke in atrial fibrillation

New, longer-term data on the Watchman left atrial appendage occluder from Boston Scientific studied in the PREVAIL trial suggests an increased risk of ischemic stroke in atrial fibrillation patients treated with this novel device. The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Sep 05

A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2014 Congress has shown that beta–blockers are of no benefit in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction if they also have atrial fibrillation. The study was published simultaneously in the Lancet.

Sep 02

New research finds mixed results from oral use of colchicine for reducing complications involved in cardiac surgery.

New research finds mixed results from oral use of colchicine for reducing complications involved in cardiac surgery. The study revealed that perioperative administration of colchicine significantly reduced the incidence of postpericardiotomy syndrome after cardiac surgery but did not reduce the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation and postoperative pericardial/pleural effusions by intention–to–treat analysis. The findings are …

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Jul 08

The new technique activates neurons by shining light on them in order to reset the heartbeat.

Another new study presented at the Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology 2014 conference has pointed that instead of relying on painful electric shocks, a new method of treatment that uses light could be used to achieve defibrillation in patients with atrial fibrillation. The new technique activates neurons by shining light on them in order to reset …

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May 13

Findings from a new pilot study have revealed that injecting botulinum toxin into the fat pads around the heart following bypass surgery might help avoid postoperative atrial fibrillation

Findings from a new pilot study have revealed that injecting botulinum toxin into the fat pads around the heart following bypass surgery might help avoid postoperative atrial fibrillation. Patients receiving botulinum toxin instead of normal saline placebo had a significantly lower rate of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter/tachycardia in the first 30 days (30% vs. …

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Apr 11

Current and recent use of painkillers or anti-inflammatory agents may be linked to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation among older adults

Current and recent use of painkillers or anti-inflammatory agents may be linked to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation among older adults, reports a large population study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Researchers monitored the heart health of 8423 people taking part in the Rotterdam Study. About 857 of these subjects developed atrial …

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Jan 13

patients in the Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure (AF–CHF)

A retrospective study of patients in the Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure (AF–CHF) trial suggests that four signs of congestion on physical examination—peripheral edema, jugular venous distension, a third heart sound, and pulmonary rales—offer useful prognostic information beyond that obtained from standard clinical, ECG, or echo parameters. Each sign of congestion was associated with …

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