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Anticoagulation in AF: NICE guideline update

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Learn about changes to the role of anticoagulation in the management of AF-related stroke, as outlined in today's NICE clinical guideline on the management of AF.

Visit NICE website to download guideline in full

Download NICE Patient Decision Making Aid

Download NICE Implementation Collaborative (NIC) Consensus Statement

Visit AF Association's Care AF website
CRT, ICD devices reduced mortality regardless of race, ethnicity

healio.com, 21 August 2014
The use of cardiac resynchronization therapy devices and implantable cardioverter defibrillators was associated with reduced mortality at 24 months, regardless of race or ethnicity, according to new data from the IMPROVE HF registry.
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AliveCor receives first FDA clearance to detect a serious heart condition in an ECG on a mobile device

AliveCor News Release, 21 August 2014
Patients are able to instantly identify atrial fibrillation in real-time ECG recordings.
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Commonly prescribed antibiotic 'could increase risk of cardiac death'

medicalnewstoday.com, 20 August 2014
A new study published in The BMJ has linked a commonly prescribed antibiotic - clarithromycin - to an increased risk of cardiac death.
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Get savvy to syncope

americannursetoday.com, August 2014
Usually benign, syncope can sometimes reflect a more serious condition.
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Scientists uncover key clue for protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia

medicalxpress.com, 18 August 2014
A study, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Medical Research Council, has shed new light on how carbon monoxide could be used to protect against life-threatening arrhythmias after a heart attack.
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Sports for young patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Refining the risk

cxvascular.com, 14 August 2014
Despite a dearth of research, published guidelines in the United States and Europe—based on expert opinion—recommend against competitive sports participation in activities more strenuous than bowling or golf (Class IA) for patients with pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
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Anticoagulant-associated ICH: management still a challenge

medscape.com, 8 August 2014
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is often deadly, even more so when it occurs in patients receiving oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy.
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Research survey: help science and win an iPad Air
Open exclusively to Healthcare Professionals, August 2014
VISUALizE (Visualizing Uncertainty Among Laypersons and Experts) is a European wide study seeking to improve understanding of advantages and possible side effects of medicines. This is important for patients and healthcare professionals to choose the most appropriate medicine.

One of the three disease areas that are included in the research is atrial fibrillation (AF). We invite patients and healthcare professionals in this field to complete and submit an online questionnaire. Completing this may take between 30 minutes, however, it is possible to save the form and return to complete it in sections at later dates.

Healthcare professionals who complete the questionnaire will be enrolled in a lottery in which the prize being offered is an iPad Air. There will be 10 iPads included in the prize draw.

The questionnaire will be strictly confidential and remain anonymous. To view the questionnaire, please click here

The scientists leading the VISUALizE study come from the European Medicines Agency, the University of Groningen, the University of Utrecht, the Danish Medicines Agency, Laser Analytica, and pharmaceutical companies Sanofi and Amgen.

Your help is greatly appreciated and will help inform and improve future medicine management!

Complete survey
Two devices to achieve LAA occlusion may be feasible

healio.com, 8 August 2014
Patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who received two devices to attain left atrial appendage occlusion had encouraging outcomes, according to findings published in EuroIntervention.
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Diploma in Syncope and Related Disorders 

RCPI Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Dublin - September 2014-May 2015
Developed by Prof Rose Anne Kenny and Dr Conal Cunningham together with an international guest faculty, this course has been designed for healthcare professionals, from consultants and registrars to GPs and clinical nurse specialists, with an interest in syncope.
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Dosing the New Oral Anticoagulants in Atrial Fib: Can We Do Better?

medscape.com, 4 August 2014
NEW YORK, NY — "Oral administration, please, but no cumbersome dosing strategies" could have been the tag line of the research community that spent decades looking for a more user-friendly alternative that is at least comparable to warfarin in effectiveness and safety. And there's broad agreement, perhaps not universal, that those conditions were met or exceeded in the pivotal stroke-prevention trials presented to regulators in Europe and North America who approved the thrombin inhibitor dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim) and factor Xa inhibitors rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer) and apixaban (Eliquis, Pfizer/Bristol-Myers Squibb) for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF).
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Public registration facility to observe the NICE committee meeting for Dual-chamber pacemakers for treating symptomatic bradycardia due to sick sinus syndrome without atrioventricular block now OPEN

NICEcomms, 5 August 2014
If you would like to register for this committee meeting, please click below. Registration for this meeting will close on Tuesday 19 August at 5.00pm. Please note we may be unable to accept late requests to observe this meeting.
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Brugada Syndrome Update: More Common Than Imagined

medscape.com, 31 July 2014
Those who know me know that I love ECGs. I love reading about them, writing about them, and talking about them. A major reason for this infatuation is that the ECG is arguably the most important test in acute care medicine.
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Catheter ablation helps atrial fibrillation patients live longer

medicalnewstoday.com, 31 July 2014
A new long-term study suggests that adult patients with atrial fibrillation whose heart rhythm is successfully restored with a minimally invasive procedure called catheter ablation, have a significantly reduced chance of early death from a heart attack or heart failure.
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BJC Update - Anticoagulation

BJC, 31 July 2014
We report highlights from this year’s British Cardiovascular Society 2014 Annual Conference held on June 2nd–4th 2014. Sessions from the busy programme varied from ‘Cardiology Rocks’ to interactive educational facilities and a multi-modality imaging village.
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Radiation therapy examined as future treatment for AF, hypertension

healio.com, 25 July 2014
Early-stage studies indicate that radiation therapy could become a noninvasive alternative treatment for atrial fibrillation and treatment-resistant hypertension.
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Simple pulse measure can detect AF after stroke

medscape.com, 24 July 2014
Simple measurement of the peripheral pulse (MPP) at the radial artery is an effective screening tool for diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients who have had a stroke, a new pilot study suggests.
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Moderate alcohol use associated with increased risk for atrial fibrillation

cxvascular.com, 18 July 2014
Even in moderation, consumption of wine and hard liquor may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, according to new research recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The research did not identify a similar risk for moderate consumption of beer.
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High self-competence may act as a protective factor against lower quality of life in children with pacemakers

cxvascular.com, 16 July 2014
A low sense of self-competence seems to contribute to decreased quality of life for paediatric patients with pacemakers, according to results of a study recently published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
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New President-Elect of the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS) on his vision for the future

cxvascular.com, 14 July 2014
Nick Linker (consultant cardiologist, The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK) is president-elect of the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS), an executive committee member of the Arrhythmia Alliance—UK’s heart rhythm charity—and programme director of Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC).
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What is the best strategy for managing atrial fibrillation?

cxvascular.com, 14 July 2014
After personally performing more than 3,000 atrial fibrillation ablation procedures I have to ask myself: am I even making a dent in this disease? I cannot remember seeing so many new patients, even young patients, with atrial fibrillation when I began my cardiology fellowship nearly 20 years ago.
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News from the 23rd European Stroke Conference

bjcardio.co.uk, July 2014
The European Stroke Conference meeting was held in Nice, France, from May 6th–9th 2014. It was a busy programme with over 1,500 abstracts presented, as well as educational programmes presented alongside the scientific and clinical content. Dr Paul Guyler, Consultant Stroke Physician, Southend University Hospital, NHS Trust reports on some of the highlights.
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French studies show oral anticoagulants do not cause an increased risk of severe hemorrhage

thepharmaletter.com, 15 July 2014
The ANSM and CNAMTS studies examined the risks observed in the use of both kinds of treatments.
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Device therapy considerations in end of life care

theguardian.com, 10 July 2014
Her defibrillator battery was due for replacement. She also had a terminal illness. Lung cancer or the risk of a cardiac arrest? How does a doctor develop the skills to make such a decision?
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PREVAIL Published: Results from study on Watchman device

medscape.com, 30 June 2014
ROCHESTER, MN – The PREVAIL study, a clinical trial evaluating the safety of the Watchman (Boston Scientific) left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device in the treatment of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF), is now published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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Clydebank hospital pioneers breakthrough device

clydebankpost.co.uk, 13 July 2014
A CLYDEBANK hospital has become one of the first in Europe to make a life saving heart device more readily available to its patients.
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For children with pacemakers, 'self-competence' affects quality of life

sciencecodex.com, 10 July 2014
For children and teens living with a cardiac pacemaker, a low sense of self-competence seems to contribute to decreased quality of life, reports a study in the July Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
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Boehringer continues award-winning ChatAFib tweet chat

pmlive.com, 7 July 2014
Boehringer Ingelheim will today host the third installment in its award-winning #ChatAFib tweet chat programme.
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NICE AF guidance seeks to prevent 1000s of strokes

arwatch.co.uk, 26 June 2014
Thousands of people with atrial fibrillation (AF) suffer strokes, disability or death which are avoidable, according to new guidance published by the National institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and produced by the National Clinical Guideline Centre.
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Western University scientists find longer heart monitoring could reduce stroke risk

lfpress.com, 25 June 2014
Doctors in North America could prevent more crippling and fatal strokes if they simply monitored patients longer, research in London has found.
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Miniature cardiac monitor passes test in small European study

medscape.com, 25 June 2014
NICE, FRANCE – A small usability study testing a miniaturized implanted cardiac monitoring system in European patients shows the device successfully resulted in the wireless transmission of data in nearly 70% of patients who received the implant. After a systems upgrade to the firmware, however, the transmission success rate improved to 79.2%, report investigators.
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Women Helped by CRT More Than Men

medpagetoday.com, 23 June 2014
Among patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and mild heart failure, women derive a benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) at shorter QRS durations compared with men, an FDA analysis showed.
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Study shows 90% of S-ICD patients are free from complications at two years

medscape.com, 23 June 2014
NICE, FRANCE – A longer-term assessment of a new subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) (Boston Scientific) shows that just over 90% of patients are free from complications at two years.
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CardioStim 2014, Day 3: Treating Atrial Fibrillation: Drugs, Ablation, or Neither?

medscape.com, 20 June 2014
In the era of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, antiarrhythmic drugs will become obsolete. This was the title of a pro/con debate here at CardioStim 2014 .
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Ten major studies, announcements of technological advances in arrhythmia treatment

healio.com, 20 June 2014
In recent years, several new technologies for the treatment of arrhythmia disorders have emerged, while older technologies have continued to be improved upon.
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Consultant praises heart treatment advice that could affect thousands of West Norfolk patients

lynnnews.co.uk, 18 June 2014
New treatment guidelines, which could affect thousands of people living with a common heart problem in West Norfolk, have been welcomed by a senior consultant.
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RCP welcomes updated NICE guidance for people with common heart rhythm disorder

RCP London, 18 June 2014
“Management of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains lamentable with far too many people having strokes because they have not been adequately treated either to get them back into a normal rhythm or to anticoagulate them.” Professor Tony Rudd, chair of the Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke said today.
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National alliance formed to improve AF care

healio.com, 18 June 2014
Five US cardiac centers and a patient advocacy group have formed the National Alliance of Integrated AFib Centers, an organization dedicated to improving care delivery and quality of life for patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a press release.
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Study shows new CRT-ICD device associated with reduction of costs of AF

marketwatch.com, 19 June 2014
New data from the Medtronic, Inc. MDT +3.56% Adaptive CRT trial show a 61 percent (p=0.01) lower risk of atrial fibrillation (AF)-related problems in patients who receive a cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) with the Medtronic-exclusive AdaptivCRT(TM) algorithm compared to conventional biventricular pacing therapy.
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'Aspirin may not be good enough to treat irregular heart beat' - Taunton cardiologist's reaction

thisisthewestcountry.co.uk, 19 June 2014
THOUSANDS of people in Somerset with one of the most common heart problems are being advised that aspirin may not be good enough following the latest guidance by an organisation that gives health advice to the Government.
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Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

news-medical.net, 18 June 2014
A quarter century ago, doctors treating patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers had a big problem. Their patients were outliving the complex electrical devices that gave them an acceptable quality of life.
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GPs told to review aspirin use in patients with atrial fibrillation

pulsetoday.co.uk, 18 June 2014
GPs are to be tasked with reviewing all their patients with atrial fibrillation who are taking aspirin, under final NICE guidance published today that recommends anticoagulant therapy as the only option for stroke prevention in these patients.
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Pharmacists diagnose stroke risk with iPhone-based ECG

cnet.com, 1 April 2014
Researchers at the University of Sydney have examined the use of a smartphone-compatible heart monitor to diagnose the risk of stroke.
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Air pollution linked to irregular heartbeat and lung blood clots

nursingtimes.net, 11 June 2014
“Air pollution is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung,” BBC News reports.
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Smartphone-enabled ECG devices effective at detecting arrhythmias in children

healio.com, 10 June 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — Smartphone-enabled ECG devices were effective in enabling physicians to diagnose arrhythmia disorders in a pediatric population, according to findings presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions.
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Aggressive lifestyle management helps improve success rate after AF ablation

cxvascular.com, 14 May 2014
Researchers in Australia have found that aggressive management of cardiovascular risk factors and weight can impact dramatically the long-term success rate of freedom from atrial fibrillation following ablation.
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FDA approves new pacemaker system with ProMRI technology

cxvascular.com, 14 May 2014
Biotronik has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for its Entovis pacemaker system with ProMRI technology.
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EMA approves new dabigatran indications

theheart.org, 9 June 2014
As expected, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has extended the indications for the oral anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim) to include treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE in adults, the agency announced on Friday.
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Age 75+ No Bar to Rivaroxaban Benefit vs Warfarin: ROCKET-AF

medscape.com, 6 June 2014
DALLAS, TX — They had more bleeding, embolic events, and strokes regardless of treatment, but patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) aged 75 years or older showed about the same relative efficacy and safety benefits from rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer Pharma/Janssen Pharmaceuticals) compared with warfarin as did younger patients in a secondary analysis of the ROCKET-AF trial.
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Using limb-lead ECGs to investigate asymptomatic atrial fibrillation in primary care

bjcardio.co.uk, June 2014
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a dangerous, prevalent condition whose first presentation may be ischaemic stroke. Anticoagulation dramatically reduces stroke risk if patients are first identified. While screening enhances AF detection, it is unclear whether opportunistic pulse palpation or systematic electrocardiogram (ECG) screening is superior.
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Mahaim fibre tachycardia in a patient with type B Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

bjcardio.co.uk, June 2014
A 56-year-old male with no previous significant medical history initially presented to his general practitioner for a routine health check prior to starting a new occupation. An electrocardiogram (ECG) was taken that was found to be unusual and, hence, a referral to cardiology outpatients was made.
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Webinar in Portuguese on atrial fibrillation

17 June 2014, Worldwide
On 17 June 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 CET, join Adalberto Lorga Filho, Carlos Morais and Luiz Magalhaes for a live webinar on Atrial Fibrillation: New perspectives for an old problem.
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European prescribing of new anticoagulants on the increase

pmlive.com, 23 May 2014
Doctors in Europe are increasingly favouring the new generation of anticoagulant drugs to treat and prevent blood clots, according to baseline data from an on-going study.
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Heart experts: screen for HCM muscle thickening disease

guardian.com, 19 May 2014
Researchers say that families should be checked for the genetic condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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Studies Presented at Heart Rhythm 2014 Demonstrate Accuracy of the AliveCor® Heart Monitor and Confirm Patient Satisfaction

digitaljournal.com, 19 May 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AliveCor, Inc. announced today that studies presented at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society's 35th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, May 7-10, 2014 expand the growing body of clinical information evaluating the use of the AliveCor® Heart Monitor.
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PREDICt-RM: Remote monitoring reduced mortality in patients with ICDs, CRT-Ds

healio.com, 19 May 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — In a new study, use of remote monitoring in patients with Boston Scientific implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators was associated with improved survival compared with no remote monitoring.
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Remotely monitoring heart patients with implanted defibrillators lowers risk of death

medicalxpress.com, 13 May 2014
Patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) have significantly lower risk of death and re-hospitalization if they are followed through an automatic, wireless remote monitoring system, a Yale clinical study has found. Results of the study are being presented at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society.
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SIMPLE: Defibrillation testing safe, but did not improve outcomes

healio.com, 11 May 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — Routine defibrillation testing appears to be safe, but does not improve outcomes in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators to detect and treat ventricular fibrillation, according to study results presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions.
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Leadless pacemaker shows promising results at 1 year

healio.com, 9 May 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — The Nanostim leadless pacemaker continued to show safety and efficacy at 1 year, according to findings from the LEADLESS study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions.
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Bias among EPs who refer AF patients for ablation

medscape.com, 10 May 2014
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — To someone with a hammer, does everything look like a nail? For electrophysiologists (EPs), the saying might be amended slightly, but are those who perform catheter ablations for the treatment of atrial fibrillation more likely to recommend that patients undergo the invasive procedure?
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Heart Rhythm Society Commences Annual Scientific Sessions In San Francisco Set To Explore The Crossroads Of Technology And Medicine

digitaljournal.com, 7 May 2014
Record number of abstracts being presented reflects the expansion of a dynamic medical field and reinforces the Society's commitment to providing the latest in science and education.
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Cardiac Monitoring & Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Market Worth .3 Billion by 2017

digitaljournal.com, 4 May 2014
The report "Cardiac Monitoring & Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Market [ECG, Implantable Loop Recorder, Holter, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Pacemaker, CRT-D, CRT- P] - Global Forecasts to 2017", analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World.
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General practice AF scheme could prevent 1,600 strokes a year

gponline.com, 2 May 2014
Around 1,600 strokes a year could be prevented if an East London programme that encouraged GPs to prescribe anticoagulants to more AF patients was rolled out across the UK, research suggests.
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New hospital to be built in Cambridge

gov.uk, 1 May 2014
Papworth hospital, a leading specialist heart and lung hospital, will move from its current location outside Cambridge onto the Addenbrooke’s hospital site in the city.
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Job vacancy: Arrhythmia Clinical Nurse Specialist
 

Closing Date:
23/05/2014
 

An exciting Specialist Arrhythmia Nurse post has recently become available at the Bristol Heart Institute. We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse with relevant cardiology experience to work with the team within a dynamic and  rapidly expanding electrophysiology service. For further details please see the forthcoming advertisement on the NHS jobs website.
View job posting on NHS website
Can antidotes increase use increase uptake of non-Vitamin K antagonists?

medpagetoday.com, 29 April 2014
The perceived danger of catastrophic bleeding in the absence of an antidote for the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) appears to be impeding their use for stroke prevention, although that fear is overblown, a researcher said.
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EFFORTLESS data illustrate long-term safety, efficacy of subcutaneous ICD

healio.com, 25 April 2014
Real-world data from the EFFORTLESS S-ICD registry indicate that the Boston Scientific subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator demonstrates appropriate performance and has comparable rates of clinical events and inappropriate shocks as conventional implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
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EMA Poised to Approve Expanded Dabigatran Indications

medscape.com, 25 April 2014
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has set the stage for expanding the indications for the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim).
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Current, recent NSAID use may increase AF risk

healio.com, 26 April 2014
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs was linked to an increased risk for atrial fibrillation in a recent study.
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Sudden cardiac death robs many years of life

medpagetoday.com, 21 April 2014
The burden of sudden cardiac death in terms of years of potential life lost is high compared with other leading causes of death in the U.S., researchers found.
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CE EU launch for world's first MRI compatible ICD

nasdaq.com, 10 April 2014
Medical device major Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) recently won CE Mark approval for its Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) system. With the approval, this system has become the world's first endorsed ICD that also allows full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
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Ablation patients 'feel less pain' if put in trance by nurses

nursingtimes.net, 10 April 2014
Visualising a “safe place” helps patients reduce pain while undergoing procedures, according to a complementary health study by Danish nurse researchers.
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Routinely replace initial primary-prevention ICDs? Maybe not

medscape.com, 9 April 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA — By the time patients with a first primary-prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are due for a new device, about one-fourth no longer fulfill indications for such an ICD and as a group have a reduced risk of later needing appropriate device therapy, suggests a retrospective analysis.
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ARISTOTLE: Poorly controlled BP greatly increased risk for stroke in patients with AF

healio.com, 7 April 2014
WASHINGTON — Poorly controlled BP was independently associated with a 50% higher risk for stroke in the ARISTOTLE clinical trial population of patients with atrial fibrillation, according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions.
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NIS Registry: 0.6% In-Hospital Mortality for Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias

medscape.com, 7 April 2014
MILWAUKEE, WI — The in-hospital mortality rate from catheter ablations performed for cardiac arrhythmias over the course of a decade is 0.6%, according to an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatients Sample (NIS) registry.
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Painkillers linked to higher risk of stroke: Alert over prescription medicines used by millions

telegraph.co.uk, 9 April 2014
Irregular heart rhythm can lead to more serious problems including stroke, heart failure and reduced life expectancy.
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NSAIDs might spark AF

medpagetoday.com, 8 April 2014
The risk of atrial fibrillation was higher among individuals ages 55 and older who were using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a Dutch study showed.
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Jersey welcomes new arrhythmia nurse specialist

Sister Angela Moss has recently been appointed as the new arrhythmia nurse specialist in Jersey. Angela has also become one of the first nurses in the Island to complete the nurse prescribing course meaning that she now is able to see heart patients independently, prescribe and adjust their medication. This new service has had an immediate impact on patients on the Island with patients seen and discharged home quickly and followed up sooner. The post was created by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Andrew Mitchell following an anonymous donation and ongoing funding has been secured from the local government.

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AliveCor announces results of SEARCH-AF trial

digitaljournal.com, 2 April 2014
Study identifies people with unknown atrial fibrillation at high risk of stroke
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Most ICD athletes can play sports without cardiac risks

medscape.com, 3 April 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — In the end, it really wasn't much of a debate at all. Two experts, citing similar research, made the case that most athletes with heart problems requiring an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) should be allowed to participate in sports.
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How a smartphone case could help prevent strokes

smh.com.au, 3 April 2014
Smartphone-wielding pharmacists could become foot soldiers in efforts to prevent strokes in older Australians, researchers suggest.
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Patch outperforms Holter for prolonged heart rhythm tracking

arwatch.co.uk, March 2014
A small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting arrhythmias than the Holter monitor, according to research published recently in the American Journal of Medicine.
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ARISTOTLE: new analysis shows less bleeding and strokes with apixaban

arwatch.co.uk, March 2014
The novel oral anticoagulant apixaban is associated with fewer intracranial haemorrhages compared with warfarin, as well as less adverse consequences following extracranial haemorrhage, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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Are ICD Patients Who Drive Post-VT Ticking Time Bombs?

medscape.com, 30 March 2014
Think about what it's like not to be able to drive, Dr Joshua M Cooper (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA) asked attendees here at the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Sessions.
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Heart Groups Issue New Afib Guidance

medpagetoday.com, 28 March 2014
An updated guideline on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation released by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society includes recommendations on the new oral anticoagulants.
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Researchers create smartphone device that performs blood tests

medicalnewstoday.com, 22 March 2014
Researchers have created a smartphone device that can perform blood tests - a creation they say could "improve the quality of life" for people undergoing treatment for the prevention of blood clots.
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Limitations of novel oral anticoagulants challenge their widespread use

cxvascular.com, 18 February 2014
Even though novel oral anticoagulants present an “amazing opportunity to improve stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation”, according to Peter Kowey (chief of Cardiology at Main Line Heath and professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, USA), there are still several limitations that affect their widespread use.
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Detection of atrial fibrillation with insertable cardiac monitors is superior to standard monitoring in cryptogenic stroke patients

cxvascular.com, 20 February 2014
Results from the CRYSTAL AF trial have shown that atrial fibrillation in patients with cryptogenic stroke is better detected with insertable cardiac monitors than standard monitoring at six, 12 and 36 months. 
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Genome-wide association studies mislead on cardiac arrhythmia risk gene

medicalxpress.com, 20 March 2014
Although genome-wide association studies have linked DNA variants in the gene SCN10A with increased risk for cardiac arrhythmia, efforts to determine the gene's direct influence on the heart's electrical activity have been unproductive.
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ESC webinar on Challenges in Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

ESC Education, 18 Mar 2014
On 26 March 2014 from 18:00 to 19:00 CET, join Felicita Andreotti and Joao Morais online for an interactive live webinar focusing on the latest ESC Clinical Guidelines on Atrial Fibrillation.

Register for free by 24 March 2014

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MRI Safe in Patients with Subcutaneous Defibrillators

medscape.com, 11 March 2014
Patients implanted with a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD System, Cameron Health and Boston Scientific) can safely undergo MRI, according to a study of the first cohort of patients to be evaluated.
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Anticoagulation safe for CKD, study finds

gponline.co.uk, 10 March 2014
Studies had suggested anticoagulation may increase the health risks in these patients, while others found no added risk.
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Can antibiotics trigger arrhythmias?

medpagetoday.com, 10 March 2014
Azithromycin and levofloxacin were both associated with elevated risks of death and serious cardiac arrhythmias during standard lengths of prescription, a study of mostly male military veterans showed.
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NHS England expands its Commissioning through Evaluation programme to include Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO)

england.nhs.uk, 10 March 2014
Specialist hospitals are being invited to submit expressions of interest to take part in the delivery of the Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) procedure for the prevention of AF-related stroke.
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Rosetta Genomics Announces Publication of Data Correlating miR-150 to Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Chronic Systolic Heart Failure

wsj.com, 3 March 2014
Study Demonstrating microRNAs to Be Good Biomarkers for Heart Failure Complements Earlier Rosetta Published Study; Rosetta Advancing a microRNA-Based Assay in Heart Failure.
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The subcutaneous defibrillator: who it can benefit and why

escardio.org, 4 March 2014
If a given patient necessitating implantation of a cardioverter defibrillator has no indications for cardiac resynchronisation, bradycardia support or antitachycardia pacing and provided this patient's condition or previous history would make the absence of leads within the heart and the preservation of central venous circulation preferable, than the newly developed subcutaneous cardioverter defibrillator is a first line indication.
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My top 10 tips for ECG interpretation

bjcardio.co.uk, March 2014
In this new regular series ‘ECGs for the fainthearted’ Dr Heather Wetherell will be interpreting ECGs in a non-threatening and simple way. Confident interpretation of ECGs is fast becoming a dying art form. What’s more, it’s an art form that any good scientist can enjoy!
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It’s only words…

bjcardio.co.uk, March 2014
We continue our series in which Consultant Interventionist Dr Michael Norell takes a sideways look at life in the cath lab…and beyond. In this column, he considers how we talk to our patients.
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Patient understanding of frequently used cardiology terminology

bjcardio.co.uk, March 2014
Effective communication is known to increase patient satisfaction and correlates with improved health outcomes.
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CT Appears Safe in Patients With Pacemakers, ICDs

medpagetoday.com, 27 February 2014
Patients with cardiac rhythm management devices showed no clinically significant major or minor events related to computed tomography (CT) imaging over a 10-year period at two large-volume care centers, researchers reported.
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JOB VACANCY: 2x Arrhythmia Care Co-ordinators (Plymouth)

4 February 2014, NHS Jobs

 

We are looking to recruit two WTE staff with a strong background as either a Cardiac Nurse or Cardiac Physiologist to fulfil the role of ‘HeartSwell SW – Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Arrhythmia Care Coordinators’. 

 

This is an exciting developmental role, supporting the implementation of the quality requirements set out within Chapter 8 of the NSF for Coronary Heart Disease: Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death (DoH, March 2005).

 

The post holders will work to develop improved diagnostic, referral and treatment pathways for arrhythmia patients across the care continuum from primary to tertiary care, engaging with healthcare professionals across the network area, including those caring for patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease. The ACC posts will ensure that the service offered would be convenient and accessible to patients. They will assist in ensuring that patients receive timely and streamlined care as well as contributing to reducing waiting times, waiting lists for treatment and inappropriate admissions to acute beds.

 

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Cutting Inappropriate ICD Shocks: Long Arrhythmia-Detection Time Strategy Confirmed

medscape.com, 21 February 2014
Programming implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to delay the time they take to treat ventricular arrhythmias—that is, with prolonged detection times—cut mortality by 23% and inappropriate shocks by more than one-half in a meta-analysis encompassing about 4900 patients.
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Success Rate of AF Ablation Without Antiarrhythmic Drugs Is 40% in Europe

medscape.com, 20 February 2014
A European pilot study of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing catheter ablation reveals that just over 40% of patients are free from AF at one year without the use of antiarrhythmic medications.
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Insertable loop recorders offer “the best opportunity” to diagnose unexplained syncope and abnormal heart rhythms

cxvascular.com, 20 February 2014
Nick Linker, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK, Executive Committee member of the Arrhythmia Alliance—UK’s heart rhythm charity—and president elect of the British Heart Rhythm Society, recently implanted, for the first time in the UK, the smallest version of an insertable loop recorder. He spoke to Cardiac Rhythm News on the role and advantages of implantable loop recorders in the diagnosis of syncope and cardiac arrhythmias, the main features of this new device and its cost-effectiveness.
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RAAFT-2 Published, but Editorial Says No Changes in AF Guidelines

medpagetoday.com, 18 February 2014
The Radiofrequency Ablation vs Antiarrhythmic Drugs as First-Line Therapy of Atrial Fibrillation (RAAFT 2) trial, a study that showed radiofrequency catheter ablation with pulmonary-vein isolation could be successfully performed as first-line therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), is now published.
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Initial treatment with radiofrequency ablation instead of medication better in controlling paroxysmal AF

medpagetoday.com, 18 February 2014
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (Afib) recurred significantly less often in patients initially treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) instead of medication, results of a randomized trial showed.
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Study reveals overall success rate of AF ablation in Europe

news-medical.net, 18 February 2014
One-quarter of high risk patients do not receive anticoagulants after ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to the latest survey of European practice.
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Anticoagulants prescribed more frequently in AF patients, underused in elderly

healio.com, 16 February 2014
The use of oral anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation has increased in the past decade, but antiplatelet therapy remains common in this population, recent study data suggest.
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Researchers at OSU aspire to fix damaged hearts by repairing their natural pacemakers

medcitynews.com, 14 February 2014
Instead of implanting a medical device to keep arrhythmic hearts beating on pace, researchers at Ohio State dream of being able to give the heart back its own natural pacemaking abilities.
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Digital media could work as tool to improve health

reuters.com, 14 February 2014
After a desperate mother in South Wales, UK, posted a video of her baby having a seizure on Facebook, one of her friends provided the diagnosis that had eluded the boy's doctor.
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Heart Rhythm Society's Choosing Wisely List Disappoints

medscape.com, 12 February 2014
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) waited a long time to introduce its Choosing Wisely list of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.
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Shock-Energy Testing with ICDs Provides No Benefit

medpagetoday.com, 7 February 2014
KFAR SABA, ISRAEL – Defibrillation-threshold (DFT) testing performed at the time of ICD implantation failed to reduce the risk of death, malignant ventricular arrhythmias, or inappropriate shocks when compared with individuals implanted without DFT, a new study shows.
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NICE issues draft guidance on coagulation testing device

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