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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. A disorder in the heart’s electrical system causes AF and other types of arrhythmia. AF occurs when rapid, disorganized electrical signals in the heart’s two upper chambers, called the atria, cause them to contract very fast and irregularly (this is called fibrillation). As a result, blood pools in the atria and isn’t pumped completely into the heart’s two lower chambers, called the ventricles. When this happens, the heart’s upper and lower chambers don’t work together as they should. Often, people who have AF may not even feel symptoms. However, even when not noticed, AF can lead to an increased risk of stroke. In many patients, particularly when the rhythm is extremely rapid, AF can cause chest pain, heart attack, or heart failure. AF may occur rarely or every now and then, or it may become a persistent or permanent heart rhythm lasting for years.
New analysis finds global improvements in life expectancy

New analysis finds global improvements in life expectancy

Global life expectancy increased by 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women between 1990 and 2013, according to a major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013). [More]
Pharmacyclics receives BayBio's 2014 Pantheon DiNA Award for Outstanding Company

Pharmacyclics receives BayBio's 2014 Pantheon DiNA Award for Outstanding Company

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded BayBio's 2014 Pantheon DiNA Award for Outstanding Company for its rapid development and commercialization of IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib). The award was presented at BayBio's 11th Annual Pantheon DiNA Awards ceremony in San Francisco. [More]
Arrhythmia patients who manage lifestyle factors more likely to have long-term survival

Arrhythmia patients who manage lifestyle factors more likely to have long-term survival

Patients suffering from the world's most common heart rhythm disorder can have their long-term outcomes significantly improved with an aggressive management of their underlying cardiac risk factors, according to University of Adelaide researchers. [More]
IMBRUVICA-rituximab combination well tolerated in patients with relapsed or refractory MCL

IMBRUVICA-rituximab combination well tolerated in patients with relapsed or refractory MCL

New IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) Phase II data announced by Pharmacyclics, Inc. today demonstrates its potential utility as a combination therapy when used with rituximab. Data suggest that the overall efficacy and safety profile of IMBRUVICA is well tolerated when combined with rituximab in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). [More]
Phase 2 RESONATE-17 study: IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) improves survival in CLL patients with del 17p

Phase 2 RESONATE-17 study: IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) improves survival in CLL patients with del 17p

Results from the Phase 2 RESONATE-17 (PCYC-1117) study show IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) was associated with an 82.6 percent investigator-assessed overall response rate (ORR; the primary endpoint) and a 79 percent progression-free survival (PFS) rate at 12 months in people living with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) who have a genetic mutation known as deletion 17p (del 17p). [More]
Studies presented at ASH meeting compare new, standard-of-care treatments for blood clots

Studies presented at ASH meeting compare new, standard-of-care treatments for blood clots

Studies presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition compare new and standard-of-care treatments for blood clots and further illuminate clot risks in vulnerable populations, such as cancer patients. [More]
Daiichi Sankyo releases new formulation of LIXIANA 60 mg Tablets

Daiichi Sankyo releases new formulation of LIXIANA 60 mg Tablets

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that it has launched a new formulation of LIXIANA 60 mg Tablets (JAN: Edoxaban Tosilate Hydrate, INN: edoxaban, approval to market: September 26, 2014; NHI drug price listing: November 25, 2014) in Japan for the recently approved indications: the prevention of ischemic stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and the treatment and recurrence prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) [deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary thromboembolism (PE)]. [More]
IMBRUVICA demonstrates anti-tumor activity against multiple myeloma in Phase II study

IMBRUVICA demonstrates anti-tumor activity against multiple myeloma in Phase II study

New IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) Phase II data announced here today by Pharmacyclics, Inc) during the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting suggests that IMBRUVICA demonstrates anti-tumor activity both as a single-agent and as combination therapy in heavily pre-treated patients with relapsed or relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM). [More]
Pharmacyclics launches informCLL registry to explore natural history of CLL patients

Pharmacyclics launches informCLL registry to explore natural history of CLL patients

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced the launch of informCLL, a large, observational, prospective registry that will explore the natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), examine how IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) and other approved targeted therapies are being used to treat patients with CLL, and provide a comparison to treatments using conventional chemoimmunotherapy (CIT). [More]
Pharmacyclics wins 2014 Society for Medicines Research Award for Drug Discovery

Pharmacyclics wins 2014 Society for Medicines Research Award for Drug Discovery

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced that it has won the prestigious 2014 Society for Medicines Research Award for Drug Discovery for its discovery of ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA). The award was presented by The Society of Medicines Research at its biennial award lecture in Kensington, London. [More]
EMA accepts new IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) application for treatment of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia

EMA accepts new IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) application for treatment of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia

Pharmacyclics, Inc.today announced the acceptance of a Type II variation application for IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) by the European Medicines Agency. [More]
Digoxin drug associated with higher risk of death, hospitalization among adults with atrial fibrillation

Digoxin drug associated with higher risk of death, hospitalization among adults with atrial fibrillation

Digoxin, a drug commonly used to treat heart conditions, was associated with a 71 percent higher risk of death and a 63 percent higher risk of hospitalization among adults with diagnosed atrial fibrillation and no evidence of heart failure, according to a Kaiser Permanente study that appears in the current online issue of Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. [More]
Study finds that fat around heart closely associated with atrial fibrillation

Study finds that fat around heart closely associated with atrial fibrillation

Obesity is a known risk factor for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. [More]
Findings illustrate need to monitor all races of heart failure patients for atrial fibrillation

Findings illustrate need to monitor all races of heart failure patients for atrial fibrillation

Black patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure are no less likely than white patients to get atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia), according to a new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was presented today at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association. [More]
Study reveals association between high burden of AFib and lower cognitive function

Study reveals association between high burden of AFib and lower cognitive function

iRhythm Technologies, Inc. announced today that study results presented during the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions showed an association between a high burden of atrial fibrillation (AFib) and lower cognitive function, specifically executive and verbal function. [More]
Cardiome Pharma announces results from Phase 3 clinical study of BRINAVESS

Cardiome Pharma announces results from Phase 3 clinical study of BRINAVESS

Cardiome Pharma Corp. today announced results from a Phase 3 clinical study conducted with BRINAVESS (vernakalant intravenous, RSD 1235) in the Asia-Pacific (A-P) region. [More]
Cardio3 BioSciences announces acquisition of CorQuest Medical

Cardio3 BioSciences announces acquisition of CorQuest Medical

Cardio3 BioSciences, a leader in the discovery and development of regenerative, protective and reconstructive therapies, announces today that it has acquired U.S.-based CorQuest Medical Inc. CorQuest Medical specializes in the development of innovative devices and technologies for cardiac surgery. [More]
AstraZeneca, Pharmacyclics partner to evaluate efficacy of IMBRUVICA for solid tumors

AstraZeneca, Pharmacyclics partner to evaluate efficacy of IMBRUVICA for solid tumors

AstraZeneca and Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a clinical trial collaboration to evaluate a novel combination therapy targeting solid tumors. [More]
FDA recommens approval of Daiichi Sankyo's once-daily SAVAYSA for patients with NVAF

FDA recommens approval of Daiichi Sankyo's once-daily SAVAYSA for patients with NVAF

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted 9 to 1 to recommend approval of once-daily SAVAYSA (edoxaban) 60 mg dosing regimen for the reduction in risk of stroke and systemic embolic events (SEE) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). [More]
University Medical Center's first atrial fibrillation unit opens in Germany

University Medical Center's first atrial fibrillation unit opens in Germany

Nearly 1.8 million people in Germany suffer from atrial fibrillation. This is the most common and clinically significant form of heart rhythm disorder. Shortness of breath, a sudden sense of dizziness, a feeling of pressure in the chest, and palpitations or thumping of the heart so extreme it can be felt beating rapidly and irregularly - this is how many patients describe their first episode of atrial fibrillation. [More]