2010 List of Most Popular Atrial Fibrillation News Stories and Videos

By Mellanie True Hills

December 30, 2010 — The 2010 List of Most Popular Atrial Fibrillation News Stories and Videos indicates the topics of most interest to the afib community this year.

Most Popular News Stories in 2010

Stroke prevention certainly topped the list of most popular news stories, and included stories about warfarin (Coumadin) and alternatives such as dabigatran (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto) as well as devices to occlude the left atrial appendage. Other popular topics included the new European atrial fibrillation guidelines, new antiarrhythmic medications, updates on catheter ablation and afib surgery, and atrial fibrillation in conjunction with alcohol consumption and sleep apnea.

  1. Study finds new predictors of stroke risk in those with atrial fibrillation (AF)
  2. Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
  3. HAS-BLED Tool Identifies Those with Atrial Fibrillation at Risk for Bleeding From Coumadin or Warfarin
  4. Get Started Learning About Atrial Fibrillation Guide
  5. Why Afib Patients Must Know Whether They Have Sleep Apnea
  6. FDA Approves Pradaxa as Alternative to Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
  7. Dabigatran Better than Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
  8. Watchman Device as Alternative to Warfarin or Coumadin to Prevent Strokes in Atrial Fibrillation Patients
  9. FDA Panel Votes for Dabigatran: Good News for Atrial Fibrillation Patients
  10. applauds the FDA for approving Multaq® (dronedarone), a safer option for atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation (afib) patients
  11. Rivaroxaban comparable to warfarin in preventing stroke and other complications of irregular heartbeat
  12. Personalized Atrial Fibrillation Treatment and Stroke Prevention Presentations at Heart Rhythm Society 2010
  13. STOP AF Cryoablation for Atrial Fibrillation — Quality of Life Results and Technical Considerations Presented at HRS 2010
  14. European Society of Cardiology publishes new guidelines for management of atrial fibrillation and stroke risk
  15. Where Are the Biggest Risks in the U.S. for Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalizations and Strokes
  16. Can Catheter Ablation Treat Persistent Atrial Fibrillation — Presentation from Heart Rhythm Society 2010
  17. Ablation Success, Issues, and Implications — Report from Heart Rhythm Society 2010
  18. Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Predicts Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Failure
  19. Predictors of Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Success — Presentations from Heart Rhythm Society 2010
  20. New Mini Maze Procedure Shows Promise for Treating Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Most Popular Videos in 2010

The most popular videos of the year seemed to echo the same themes. This list incorporates our videos that were viewed on both and the StopAfib Channel at YouTube.

  1. Coumadin or warfarin for atrial fibrillation, the CHADS2 system
  2. Coumadin (warfarin) replacements in trial for atrial fibrillation – Dabigatran and Rivaroxaban
  3. Take a Stand Against Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Video
  4. Interview with Dr. Andrea Natale at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2010 – Video
  5. Interview with Prof. John Camm at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2010 – Video
  6. Electrophysiologist Dr. Warren (Sonny) Jackman Discusses New Findings About Atrial Fibrillation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  7. Atrial Fibrillation Surgical Maze Procedure Evolution by Dr. James Edgerton – Presentation from Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2009
  8. Interview with Dr. Vivek Reddy at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2010 – Video
  9. Interview with Dr. Peter Kowey at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium About the Latest in Atrial Fibrillation Treatment – Video
  10. Interview with Dr. Emelia Benjamin on Framingham Risk Prediction Tool for Atrial Fibrillation and Family History – Video
  11. Interview with Dr. Riccardo Cappato at Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2010 – Video
  12. Interview with Dr. David Wilber on Atrial Fibrillation Findings at Heart Rhythm 2009 – Video
  13. Noted Electrophysiologist Dr. Eric Prystowsky Discusses What Afib Patients Need to Know About the Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines
  14. Interview with Dr. Nassir Marrouche on Findings Presented at Heart Rhythm Society About Staging Atrial Fibrillation Treatment – Video
  15. Impact of Atrial Fibrillation: Watch Mellanie True Hills’ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Story