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World's smallest pacemaker implanted in patient at SLO hospital

French Hospital Medical Center recently announced the medical advancement, which they say will reduce the need for patients to travel outside of the area for specialized cardiac care. (Courtesy photo). The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is a new type of heart device for patients with Bradycardia, ...

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Risk factors for stroke

Atrial fibrillation – This is a heart rhythm disorder. AF can increase the risk of stroke by as much as five times. This is because the irregular heart rhythm predisposes to clot formation, and the clot can travel to the brain and lead to a stroke. Get treatment if you have AF to lower your stroke risk. Other heart ...

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Blood-thinning drugs 'can reduce risk of dementia by up to 48%'

Blood-thinning drugs could protect against dementia and stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat, research suggests.

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New implantable heart monitor shares data with patient's smartphone

Consumers can buy an Apple Watch that comes embedded with four optical heart-rate sensors that are currently being tested in a 500,000-person clinical trial to see how well the device can detect signs of atrial fibrillation, a heartbeat disorder that affects the heart's upper chambers. The FDA has also ...

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AF Association December e-News

Happy Christmas - Take a look at the highlights of 2017 in this months e-News

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Patients with atrial fibrillation at greater risk of death in rural hospitals than urban hospitals

“Since we have identified rural hospitals as locations where in-hospital mortality for atrial fibrillation admission is possibly higher than other areas of the country, our findings will drive future research endeavors to uncover the reasons for this difference, and to develop strategies to improve the medical ...

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Importance of knowing your pulse rhythm

A KNOW Your Pulse event was held at Farnham Hospital on November 22 to raise awareness of undiagnosed irregular heart rhythm.

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How our CCG identified 500 people with new atrial fibrillation

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) saw an opportunity to identify people over the age of 65 with new atrial fibrillation (AF). The CCG was announced as one of the AF Association Healthcare Pioneers 2018 – Showcasing Best Practice in AF winners for its project.

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FDA approves the first medical device for Apple Watch to warn wearers of heart arrhythmias by tracking their pulse with a personalized EKG

The US Food and Drug Administration approved an Apple Watch accessory as a medical device for the first time yesterday. The device, called a KardiaBand, inserts into a slot on an Apple Watch and combines its own software and the watch's to constantly monitor heart rate and physical activity.

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A new Apple Watch band can actually tell you if your heart isn't working properly

"The average consumer doesn't know what a normal sinus rhythm looks like or what atrial fibrillation looks like. Yet the FDA has cleared our individual ...

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