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New European Afib Guidelines Lead the Way, Incorporating Newest Atrial Fibrillation Treatments

New medical guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) incorporating the latest afib research put Europe ahead of the U.S. when it comes to standardized treatment of atrial fibrillation. Stroke prevention and symptom relief are at the heart of the new ESC guidelines, which also make it clear that the risk of stroke for …

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New Five Box Maze Procedure Is Promising Treatment for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

A new mini maze procedure developed by Dr. John Sirak at Ohio State University is a promising new treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation as it closely replicates the "gold standard" Cox Maze III lesion set in the heart's left atrium. This “five box” thoracoscopic maze procedure may be better able to treat persistent AF specifically …

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Mexican Americans with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Have More and Worse Strokes

A new study exploring ethnic differences in stroke risk for people with atrial fibrillation (AF) showed that Mexican American stroke survivors with afib were more than twice as likely to have another stroke as comparable non-Hispanic white stroke survivors with afib. Researchers were surprised by the study’s finding that severity of recurrent stroke is also …

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Dr. Emelia Benjamin Video on AF (Afib) Risk and Family History

In this video interview, Emelia Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University and senior investigator for the Framingham Heart Study, discusses atrial fibrillation risk factors and afib prevention, including the role of family history. She talks about the Framingham Risk Prediction Tool for Atrial Fibrillation and discusses well-known risks, such as advancing …

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Improved Quality of Life From Cryoballoon Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation in the STOP AF Study — Findings Reported at Heart Rhythm 2010 and Cardiostim 2010

At Heart Rhythm 2010, there was an update on the results of the STOP AF (Sustained Treatment of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation) clinical trial that involved patients who received cryoablation using the Arctic Front® Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System. At twelve months following these procedures, these younger, highly-symptomatic patients had better quality of life and dramatically decreased …

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FDA Approves the AtriClip for Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention, and Other Devices Are Being Tested

AF patients are generally at a higher risk for stroke and thus may have to take anticoagulant medications, such as Coumadin or warfarin, to manage their afib-related stroke risk. With the FDA's recent approval of AtriCure's AtriClip device that is implanted during open heart surgery, afib patients and their doctors may now have another way …

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Discussions at Heart Rhythm Society on Whether Catheter Ablation Can Successfully Treat Persistent and Longstanding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Catheter ablation in persistent and longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation patients has traditionally had low success rates since many of the triggers causing atrial fibrillation are dispersed throughout the left atrium. Thus isolation of the pulmonary veins, which works well for those with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, is often an incomplete solution for those with persistent forms …

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If Catheter Ablation Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease and Stroke Risk Then Keeping Atrial Fibrillation Patients in Sinus Rhythm May Become the Goal

Findings presented at Heart Rhythm 2010 showed that stopping atrial fibrillation—whether through medication, surgery, or in the case of this study, catheter ablation— could potentially prevent the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and also reduce the risk of stroke and death. Doctors John D. Day, MD, and T. Jared Bunch, MD, at …

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What Factors Can Predict Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation Success

Doctors are trying to identify the characteristics that predict which patients aren’t likely to be successful with a catheter ablation for their atrial fibrillation. At a session at the recent Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting, some of the factors discussed included left atrial size, left atrial volume, left ventricle dysfunction (improper functioning of the left …

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