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.
New scoring system based on genetic markers predicts obesity risk at birth

New scoring system based on genetic markers predicts obesity risk at birth

Heart attacks are more common in diabetics who are diagnosed before 40

Heart attacks are more common in diabetics who are diagnosed before 40

Genetics may play a role in developing cancer therapy-induced cardiomyopathy

Genetics may play a role in developing cancer therapy-induced cardiomyopathy

People under 40 diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have excess risks of dying from or developing heart disease

People under 40 diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes have excess risks of dying from or developing heart disease

Scientists identify biomarkers to predict risk of atrial fibrillation

Scientists identify biomarkers to predict risk of atrial fibrillation

Vitamin C can reduce the length of ICU stay

Vitamin C can reduce the length of ICU stay

Lithuanian researchers develop smart wrist-worn device for monitoring atrial fibrillation

Lithuanian researchers develop smart wrist-worn device for monitoring atrial fibrillation

Apple watch could detect irregular heart beat says study

Apple watch could detect irregular heart beat says study

Research: Pure omega-3 prescription drug significantly reduces the occurrence of ischemic events

Research: Pure omega-3 prescription drug significantly reduces the occurrence of ischemic events

Less invasive valve replacement can be safe and effective alternative for healthier patients

Less invasive valve replacement can be safe and effective alternative for healthier patients

Apple Heart Study: Wearable technology can safely identify atrial fibrillation

Apple Heart Study: Wearable technology can safely identify atrial fibrillation

Simplified catheter ablation could slash waiting lists for atrial fibrillation patients

Simplified catheter ablation could slash waiting lists for atrial fibrillation patients

Study finds TAVR to be as good as open-heart surgery for patients at low surgical risk

Study finds TAVR to be as good as open-heart surgery for patients at low surgical risk

Benefits and risks of using smartwatch app for detection of irregular heart rhythms

Benefits and risks of using smartwatch app for detection of irregular heart rhythms

Catheter ablation better than drug therapy for reducing AFib episodes, but not for reducing death

Catheter ablation better than drug therapy for reducing AFib episodes, but not for reducing death

Structural Heart features research on ASD closure and disparities in access to Watchman device

Structural Heart features research on ASD closure and disparities in access to Watchman device

Low-carb diets linked to atrial fibrillation

Low-carb diets linked to atrial fibrillation

Study reveals increase in adverse outcomes for people taking aspirin and warfarin

Study reveals increase in adverse outcomes for people taking aspirin and warfarin

Association between OSA and cardiovascular diseases in women

Association between OSA and cardiovascular diseases in women

Infants born with heart defects more likely to develop heart problems later in life

Infants born with heart defects more likely to develop heart problems later in life