Atrial Fibrillation News

 
 
  • Residual Stroke Risk in AF Likely Not Anticoagulant Failure It probably reflects a background risk that approximates what is seen in persons without atrial fibrillation, say researchers; findings were the same with or without antiplatelet agents.
  • HRS Weight Loss, Risk Management May Reverse AF Progression Weight loss regresses atrial fibrillation in obese and overweight AF patients, the authors report, but randomized data are still lacking to support weight loss and risk-factor reduction as cornerstones of AF management.
  • HRS Proposal: Redo Ablation for Paroxysmal AF, Symptoms or Not Its ethics and "cost conscientiousness" were questioned. But advocates said if costs weren't an issue, they'd always do a second procedure for pulmonary-vein isolation a few months after a first one.
  • HRS LAA Excision Disappoints in Persistent-AF Surgical Ablation After posting positive benefits in long-standing persistent AF, left atrial appendage excision failed to reduce AF recurrence in persistent AF, but experts viewed the data warily.
  • HRS Warfarin, AF May Each Contribute to Dementia Risk in AF Anticoagulation clearly plays a role in long-term brain health, a researcher notes, but "we learned as well that atrial fibrillation is an additive disease state, in that it increases risk beyond anticoagulation."
  • HRS Healthcare Costs Drop Sharply After Successful AF Ablation Among US patients who had ablation for AF, those with no complications had much lower insurance-claim costs, but other patients had added costs; this study hints at cost savings with more optimal procedures.
  • HRS Hispanic, Black HF Patients Less Likely to Develop Afib "This is one of the first studies to characterize the interaction of heart failure and atrial fibrillation in the Hispanic population," and it shows that treatment should not be "one size fits all."
  • Atrial Fibrillation Tied to Poor Outcomes After TAVI Patients who undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI) for aortic valve stenosis often have atrial fibrillation (AFib) or will develop it shortly after the procedure, according to a new study.
  • 'Well-Managed Warfarin' Good Enough in Atrial Fib: Analysis Reopening the warfarin-vs-NOAC debate in atrial fibrillation, low complication rates on the older drug in a Swedish national cohort study impressed, but are they generalizable?
  • Specialized TIA Clinics Linked to Very Low Event Rates A new study supports the concept of specialized clinics for transient ischemic attack and minor stroke, staffed by stroke experts, where patients can be diagnosed quickly and preventive treatments started.
  • ACC Calls for Higher Heparin-Dosing Caps in Obese With ACS Maximums based on weight-adjusting dosing would allow more larger patients to receive effective anticoagulation, propose researchers, based on their small study.
  • ACC FIRE and ICE: Cryoablation Matches RF Ablation in PAF Data showing cryoballoon ablation of drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is noninferior to radiofrequency ablation could expand uptake among operators, the study author said.
  • ACC Rhythm vs Rate Control: A Toss-up for Postoperative AF The word from a randomized trial on managing atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery: rhythm control and rate control are similarly effective as initial strategies, as is has been long established for other AF.
  • AHA Releases Scientific Advisory on the Wearable Defibrillator The AHA released its first scientific advisory on the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator to help clinicians make better informed decisions about which patents and under what conditions the WCD may be considered.
  • TEE Questioned With Uninterrupted NOACs in AF Ablation A stroke rate of 0.10% with uninterrupted apixaban or rivaroxaban for AF ablation allays some but not all fears of going without transesophageal echo.
  • ACC The ACC 2016 Scientific Sessions and All That Jazz: A Preview You can bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues in Chicago, and maybe even have the time of your life, as Sinatra might have said, at this year's American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions.
  • Warfarin, Not Aspirin, May Aid Asian AF Patients With Prior ICH "We really need more data for this patient population," an expert says, particularly now that there are more options, including different NOACs and Watchman.
  • Oral Anticoagulants Remain Underused in US for AF "Even cardiologists need to heed this wake-up call," said a researcher based on PINNACLE registry findings that, regardless of stroke risk, only about half of eligible AF patients get such treatment.
  • More Research Shows Yoga QOL Benefits for Paroxysmal AF "To handle the emotional consequences that comes with atrial fibrillation, patients need practical tools," say experts, noting that yoga complementary to standard treatment can be effective.
  • Traumatic ICH Surprisingly Common With AF Anticoagulation All intracranial hemorrhage "is a real risk” in older vets, although so is risk of ischemic stroke, say experts. The findings “underscore that decisions around anticoagulation need to be patient-centered."
 
 
 
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