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.
LUNAC-led drug discovery project receives funding under Innovate UK’s Biomedical Catalyst program

LUNAC-led drug discovery project receives funding under Innovate UK’s Biomedical Catalyst program

Some antiarrhythmic medications for AFib less effective in obese patients

Some antiarrhythmic medications for AFib less effective in obese patients

Geospatial model helps compare costs of different anticoagulant therapies

Geospatial model helps compare costs of different anticoagulant therapies

Research could offer new hope for the prevention, treatment of deep vein thrombosis

Research could offer new hope for the prevention, treatment of deep vein thrombosis

BGU researchers discover gene that causes nighttime atrial fibrillation

BGU researchers discover gene that causes nighttime atrial fibrillation

Good fitness linked to longer life without dementia

Good fitness linked to longer life without dementia

Tall people more likely to develop atrial fibrillation

Tall people more likely to develop atrial fibrillation

Height may be a causal risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Height may be a causal risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Clinical benefit of anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation decreases with age, shows study

Clinical benefit of anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation decreases with age, shows study

Study identifies a kinase as potential target to treat heart failure

Study identifies a kinase as potential target to treat heart failure

Proactive administration of amiodarone to patients after common heart surgery improves outcomes

Proactive administration of amiodarone to patients after common heart surgery improves outcomes

Electrical stimulation of vagus nerve on the ear reduces postoperative atrial fibrillation risk

Electrical stimulation of vagus nerve on the ear reduces postoperative atrial fibrillation risk

Researchers use mouse model to better understand mechanism involved in atrial fibrillation

Researchers use mouse model to better understand mechanism involved in atrial fibrillation

American Indians experience higher risk of atrial fibrillation, study finds

American Indians experience higher risk of atrial fibrillation, study finds

Fitbit and Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance team up to address gaps in atrial fibrillation

Fitbit and Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance team up to address gaps in atrial fibrillation

Frequent drinking strongest risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Frequent drinking strongest risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Young adults with PTSD more likely to experience a stroke event by middle age

Young adults with PTSD more likely to experience a stroke event by middle age

Study compares frequent drinking and binge drinking for new-onset atrial fibrillation

Study compares frequent drinking and binge drinking for new-onset atrial fibrillation

KIT researchers develop close-to-reality computer models of the heart

KIT researchers develop close-to-reality computer models of the heart

Children exposed to secondhand smoke have increased risk for atrial fibrillation

Children exposed to secondhand smoke have increased risk for atrial fibrillation