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Atrial fibrillation ablation alone or atrial fibrillation ablation plus an antiarrhythmic drug?

The majority of triggers for AF originate in the pulmonary veins,2 which is why electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins is the recommended (class IA) and most common ablation strategy for AF.3 There is evidence that AF ablation improves quality of life and may improve ejection fraction in patients with ...

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'I've 'died' and come back to life NINE times' Cardiac arrest survivor tells his story

While I was in hospital I had lots of consultations with cardiologists who asked me about our family history and I was then diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It's an inherited disease where the muscle wall of the heart becomes stiff. This makes it harder for the heart to pump blood ...

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New Syncope Guidelines Take Aim at ED Bottleneck

BARCELONA, Spain — About half of all people will have an episode of syncope in their lifetime, and up until now, an equal number in any part of the world will have been admitted to the hospital, even if risk for recurrence is low.

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Smartwatch May Be Able to Passively Detect Atrial Fibrillation

HealthDay News — A smartwatch coupled with a machine learning algorithm is able to accurately detect atrial fibrillation (AF), with some loss of specificity and sensitivity compared to criterion-standard electrocardiography (ECG), according to a study published online March 21 in JAMA Cardiology.

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European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology - Volume 4 Issue 1

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Continuous Apixaban Safe During AF Ablation in At-Risk Patients

BARCELONA, Spain — Uninterrupted apixaban appears to be as safe as warfarin and other vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in patients at risk for stroke undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, results of the AXAFA-AFNET 5 trial suggest. The primary composite endpoint of all-cause death, stroke, ...

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Those on antidepressants are at higher risk of Atrial Fibrillation

The new study, conducted by the American Heart Association, revealed that those who were on antidepressants or scored in the highest category for depression symptoms were 30 percent more at risk for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), Mail Online Health news reported. As of yet, it is unclear how exactly the ...

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Depression increases the risk for heart rhythm disorder

A recent study tells that depression can also increase the risk of atrial fibrillation which is a most common heart rhythm disorder that gives way to blood clot formation and even stroke. This research is presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention 2018. All the participants ...

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Team effort saves Bernville man after sudden cardiac arrest at game

Previously diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow, White wasn't feeling well throughout the game. When it ended, he was headed outside to get some air but had to stop and sit in a chair in the hallway. Fearing the worst, White ...

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