Atrial Fibrillation News and Research

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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.
BU researchers receive grant to explore ways of capturing health data using mobile devices

BU researchers receive grant to explore ways of capturing health data using mobile devices

Experts launch novel smartphone apps for AF patients and healthcare professionals

Experts launch novel smartphone apps for AF patients and healthcare professionals

Study aims to improve early detection of atrial fibrillation

Study aims to improve early detection of atrial fibrillation

A computational approach to map arrhythmia-related excitations

A computational approach to map arrhythmia-related excitations

PCORI Board awards $8.6 million for new study on psoriasis treatment

PCORI Board awards $8.6 million for new study on psoriasis treatment

Majority of people not being screened for AF and stroke risk factors, report reveals

Majority of people not being screened for AF and stroke risk factors, report reveals

Researchers receive NIH grant to develop non-invasive technology for detecting atrial fibrillation

Researchers receive NIH grant to develop non-invasive technology for detecting atrial fibrillation

New tablet-based video monitoring technology could alert onset of atrial fibrillation

New tablet-based video monitoring technology could alert onset of atrial fibrillation

New 3D visualization of cardiac conduction system could better inform future heart surgeries

New 3D visualization of cardiac conduction system could better inform future heart surgeries

Most patients treated for atrial fibrillation have sleep apnea, study shows

Most patients treated for atrial fibrillation have sleep apnea, study shows

Study: Left atrial appendage closure during open heart surgery protects against brain infarctions

Study: Left atrial appendage closure during open heart surgery protects against brain infarctions

Catheter ablation provides better outcomes for AF patients than conventional drug therapies

Catheter ablation provides better outcomes for AF patients than conventional drug therapies

Two anticlotting medicines better at reducing bleeding risk than triple therapy

Two anticlotting medicines better at reducing bleeding risk than triple therapy

ESC recommendations on management of patients with peripheral arterial diseases published

ESC recommendations on management of patients with peripheral arterial diseases published

New ESC Focused Update provides recommendations on DAPT in patients with coronary artery disease

New ESC Focused Update provides recommendations on DAPT in patients with coronary artery disease

Insertable cardiac monitors reveal prevalence of undiagnosed atrial fibrillation in high risk patients

Insertable cardiac monitors reveal prevalence of undiagnosed atrial fibrillation in high risk patients

Symposium explores interaction between age-related cardiovascular dysfunction and diseases

Symposium explores interaction between age-related cardiovascular dysfunction and diseases

Abnormalities in kidney function linked to higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Abnormalities in kidney function linked to higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Wireless remote monitoring: the future for patients with atrial fibrillation?

Wireless remote monitoring: the future for patients with atrial fibrillation?

Scientists develop way of producing 3D data to show cardiac conduction system in detail

Scientists develop way of producing 3D data to show cardiac conduction system in detail