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AliveCor honored as one of FierceMedicalDevices' Fierce 15 most promising private medical and diagnostic companies in the world

prnewswire.com, 21 October 2014
AliveCor, Inc. announced today that the company has been named one of the Fierce 15 most promising privately held medical device and diagnostic companies in the world.
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Three ways to prevent sudden heart death in fit, young athletes

medicalxpress.com, 21 October 2014
Fifteen year-old Marshall Hastings is living proof of the value of having life-saving cardiac defibrillators and trained personnel at sporting events.
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Liverpool Cardiologist Receives Outstanding National Award

Liverpool Hospitals, 20 October 2014
A heart specialist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital has been recognised nationally for his work in caring for patients with abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
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Amiodarone use increased stroke, systemic embolism risk in patients with AF

healio.com, 20 October 2014
Patients with atrial fibrillation who received amiodarone at baseline in the ARISTOTLE trial, besides apixaban or warfarin, had an increased risk for developing stroke or systemic embolism and had a shorter time in the therapeutic range compared with patients who did not receive amiodarone, according to a new analysis.
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Rose Medical Center experts perform LARIAT procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

news-medical.net, 16 October 2014
Rose Medical Center is now performing a groundbreaking procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that may reduce their risk for stroke when they cannot take blood thinners due to special circumstances.
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New guidelines for postoperative atrial fibrillation: key points for pharmacists

pharmacytimes.com, 14 October 2014
The American Association for Thoracic Surgery recently published new recommendations for the prevention and management of atrial fibrillation (AF) and flutter in patients undergoing thoracic surgery.
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Check the pulse to track irregular heartbeats after a stroke, from the October 2014 Harvard Heart Letter

digitaljournal.com, 14 October 2014
The rapid, irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation is a key cause of stroke. New research suggests that it's to blame for more strokes than doctors realized, and that simply measuring the pulse could help detect unrecognized atrial fibrillation and avert a second stroke, reports the October 2014 Harvard Heart Letter.
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Pharma supports first World Thrombosis Day

pmlive.com, 13 October 2014
The first World Thrombosis Day takes place today with supporters including several pharma companies.
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Patients with recurrent AF more likely to have kidney function decline

medicalresearch.com, 13 October 2014
An interview with Dr Jelena Kornej, Department of Electrophysiology, Heart Centre, Leipzig, Germany.
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AtriCure completes enrollment in post approval study for the synergy™ ablation system

businesswire.com, 9 October 2014
AtriCure, Inc., a leading innovator in surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation (Afib) and left atrial appendage management (LAAM), today announced enrollment in the ABLATE Post Approval Study (PAS) is complet
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Comorbities will be considered in future ACC/AHA Guidelines

healio.com, 8 October 2014
American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical practice guidelines in the future will discuss the applicability and quality of recommendations for the most frequent comorbidities related to the CV condition addressed, according to a new statement from the ACC, the AHA and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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FDA Advisory Committee Panel Votes In Favor Of The WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

marketwatch.com, 8 October 2014
After reviewing updated data and analysis for the Boston Scientific Corporation BSX, -1.81% WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted in favor of the Device. By a vote of 6 to 5 (with 1 abstention) the Panel concluded that the benefits of the WATCHMAN Device outweigh the potential risks.
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AF Association Medical Advisory Committee member wins prestigious award

Dr Matthew Fay, a GP with a special interest in AF at Westcliffe Medical Practice in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has been awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his work advancing anticoagulation care.

Dr Fay accepted his award at the Quality in Care (QiC) Anticoagulation Awards ceremony in London on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

AF Association would like to congratulate Dr Fay and all other award winners, including staff at Cloyne Pharmacy, who scooped the Judges' Special Award for their excellent service to patients.

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Commissioning through Evaluation

england.nhs.uk, 10 October 2014
NHS England publishes details on centres selected to provide cardiology schemes as part of its £15m Commissioning through Evaluation programme.
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ISAR TRIPLE: Shorter duration of triple therapy not superior to longer duration

healio.com, 3 October 2014
Six weeks of triple therapy after DES implantation failed to improve on 6 months of that regimen in terms of net clinical outcomes, according to findings presented at TCT 2014.
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Digoxin raised risk for death in ROCKET AF subanalysis

healio.com, 3 October 2014
Patients with atrial fibrillation who used digoxin at baseline in the ROCKET AF trial had increased risks for all-cause mortality, vascular mortality and sudden cardiac death.
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Bringing Fabrice Muamba back from the dead

guardian.co.uk, 5 October 2014
Two years ago, Shauna Muamba watched her husband almost die on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The couple talk to Anna Kessel about Fabrice’s long road to recovery – and how it has changed their family dynamic for good.
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FDA panel to review new Watchman data

medscape.com, 6 October 2014
The Watchman left atrial appendage closure device (Boston Scientific) is making its third trip to Gaithersburg, MD, Wednesday.
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Heart Rhythm Congress 2014 event report

arwatch.co.uk, September 2014
Delegates are invited to attend the 9th annual Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC). The event spans four days and this year will be held from 5th–8th October at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham UK.
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AliveCor Launches New App to Auto Detect Atrial Fibrillation in an ECG Recording

digitaljournal.com, 29 September 2014
AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, which provides patients with free real-time atrial fibrillation (AF) detection in ECG recordings using its new FDA-cleared algorithm.
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Atrial fibrillation is poised to be a mobile health success story

imedicalapps.com, 25 September 2014
In this three part series, we’ll look first at current screening strategies and some of the limitations that create an opportunity for emerging tools. Then we’ll dive into some of the tools that will define the next generation of atrial fibrillation screening. This is Part 1.
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Medtronic SEEQ Continuous Monitoring System Helps Detect Cardiac Arrhythmias

medgadget.com, 19 September 2014
Medtronic is launching in the U.S. the SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) system, a wireless monitor used to detect and analyze cardiac arrhythmias.
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PREVAIL Update Less Positive for Watchman

medpagetoday.com, 19 September 2014
More data revealed more failure for the Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device, but, again, interventional cardiologists attending the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting were scouring the rubble for positive signals.
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Stroke and Beyond: Cognitive Decline in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

medpagetoday.com, September 2014
Atrial fibrillation (AF) has been linked to a significantly higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in patients with no history of clinical stroke. While research continues into the mechanisms by which AF increases risk of cognitive impairment, stroke prevention remains the focus of efforts to prevent AF-related cognitive decline.
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Misperceptions of ICD performance at end of life common among recipients with HF

healio.com, 16 September 2014
Patients in Sweden with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator often have misperceptions about its function at the end of life that could influence decision-making regarding care, according to results presented at the Heart Failure Society of American Annual Scientific Meeting.
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European experiences reviewed

bjcardio.co.uk, 9 September 2014
The novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) agents (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) have had a disproportionally poor uptake since their respective launches and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal in the UK between 2012 and 2013 for their use in stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), when compared with our European counterparts; particularly Germany, Holland and France.
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Novel oral anticoagulants in daily clinical practice – German experience with rivaroxaban

bjcardio.co.uk, 9 September 2014
Oral anticoagulation has been restricted to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for more than 50 years. Starting in the last decade of the past century, central coagulation factors such as thrombin and factor Xa were explored as potential targets for the development of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs).
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Rivaroxaban in non-valvular AF – French experience in perspective

bjcardio.co.uk, 9 September 2014
Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). For more than five decades, they were the only available treatment.
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Rivaroxaban in non-valvular AF – UK experience in perspective

bjcardio.co.uk, 9 September 2014
Following the roll-out of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) published in 2012 a focused update of its guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF).
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AMIO-CAT: Short-term amiodarone after AF ablation won't block late AF

medscape.com, 8 September 2014
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Starting patients on an eight-week course of amiodarone immediately after ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) won't cut the risk of AF recurrence over the next six months, suggested a small study presented here at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2014 Congress.
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One in four low-risk atrial fibrillation patients 'inappropriately anticoagulated'

pulsetoday.co.uk, 5 September 2014
More than a quarter of patients with atrial fibrillation who are at low risk of stroke are being ‘inappropriately’ prescribed an oral anticoagulant, a recent audit of UK general practices has claimed.
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Heart Stop: Subway Stations Among Best AED Sites In Paris

medscape.com, 5 September 2014
In addition to placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in fitness clubs, hockey arenas, and airports, what other type of public facilities are the best sites for these devices, and how many devices would provide the best return on investment?
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FDA grants clearance for mobile AF detection algorithm

healio.com, 6 September 2014
AliveCor Inc. announced that it has received clearance from the FDA for an algorithm designed to detect atrial fibrillation using a mobile device.
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The 'Just-Because' Use of Beta-blockers Comes Into Question at ESC 2014

medscape.com, 4 September 2014
On clinic days, I sometimes keep a running tally of how many drugs I prescribe and how many I stop. It's usually more than five to one—in favor of stopping.
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Anticoagulation services and patient access to INR self-monitoring in the NHS in England

ACSMA, July 2014
There are more than 1.2 million people in the UK on warfarin therapy, of whom fewer than two per cent self-monitor their International Normalised Ratio (INR) level, despite evidence that self-monitoring can cut the risk of death by nearly two-fifths and more than halve the risk of strokes.
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Best of ESC Congress 2014

escardio.org, 3 September 2014
Barcelona, 3 September 2014: “The ESC Congress has been a resounding success and I am proud of finishing my presidency on such a high note.” With these words, Prof Vardas said good bye to over 30 300 delegates who attended ESC Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
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GRASP the Initiative Action Plan

2 September 2014: The GRASP-AF tool was designed to support GPs audit their management of AF patients and help identify patients who had presented to their GP, but had not yet been recorded as having AF.

The number of GP practices using the GRASP-AF tool has now reached more than 2,600.

This newly launched Action Plan builds on the original GRASP the Initiative report launched by AF Association in October 2012, identifying some of the steps that professionals working in primary care can take after running the GRASP-AF tool in order to optimise the treatment of people with AF registered in their Practice.

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New ESC Guidelines on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

escardio.org, 1 September 2014
The 2014 ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are presented for the first time at this congress. The guidelines underscore the multidisciplinary approach to the disease, including imaging, genetics, percutaneous and surgical interventions, device implantations, and pharmacology.
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Mass screening identifies untreated AF in 5% of 75-76 year olds

escardio.org, 31 August 2013
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Saturday 31 August 2013: Mass screening in more than 25,000 Swedish residents has identified untreated atrial fibrillation in 5% of 75-76 year olds, putting them at increased stroke risk.
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How to pre-select responders to cardiac resynchronisation therapy?

escardio.org, 31 August 2014
This session was informative and addressed the controversial issue concerning patient selection for CRT in a lively and provocative fashion.
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Recruitment to the Quality Standard Advisory Committee for a suite of CVD topics

Recruitment for specialist membership of the suite of CVD quality standards Quality Standard Advisory Committee (QSAC) starts today and we are seeking applications for the following roles:

• Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse

Information on the posts is available on the NICE website, please follow this link for details:

The deadline for applications is 17th September at 17.00.

Diabetes increases risk of atrial fibrillation

clinicalendocrinologynews.com, 31 August 2014
Adults with diabetes mellitus are at increased risk of subsequent new-onset atrial fibrillation – and the younger the age at diabetes onset, the greater the likelihood of developing the arrhythmia.
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Rapid Uptake of New Oral Anticoagulants in AF Patients

medscape.com, 22 August 2014
Physicians treating patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have enthusiastically embraced the new oral anticoagulants, with more than 60% of all new prescriptions in June 2013 being filled for dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim), rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer Pharma/Janssen Pharmaceuticals), and apixaban (Eliquis, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer)[1].
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Latest ICDs give heart patients greater security

deccanchronicle.com, 28 August 2014
Patients with implanted pacemakers are usually denied access to MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) because of the potential harmful interaction between the device and the MRI scanner.
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Remote monitoring of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators: an interview with Dr. Suneet Mittal

news-medical.net, 27 August 2014
Remote monitoring is the ability to follow patients who have implantable pacemakers or defibrillators from home. This technology was introduced in the U.S. in 2001 so it’s been available for close to 15 years.
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AF mortality and morbidity high at 1 year despite good anticoagulant use

eurekalert.org, 31 August 2014
Barcelona, Spain: Mortality and morbidity of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients remains high at one year despite good use of oral anticoagulants, according to the one year follow up of the Atrial Fibrillation General Pilot Registry. The findings were presented for the first time at ESC Congress 2014 today by registry chairperson Professor Gregory Lip (Birmingham, UK).
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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!

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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

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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.
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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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