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22-06-2016 | Cardiology | News | Article

NOACs match warfarin for atrial fibrillation

Real-world study data from Denmark show that non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are effective alternatives to warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in a routine care setting.

20-06-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

Apixaban effective in polypharmacy setting

The superiority of apixaban over warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation is maintained in those taking multiple medications, shows further analysis of the ARISTOTLE trial.

16-06-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

Worsening renal function linked to increased cardiovascular risk in AF

Patients with atrial fibrillation and declining renal function are at increased risk of subsequent stroke or systemic embolism, major bleeding and death, US researchers report.

03-06-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

CMR could offer complete imaging solution before pulmonary vein isolation

Cardiac magnetic resonance can potentially be used to detect thrombi at the same time as being used for pulmonary venous anatomy mapping, say researchers

01-06-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

Just one stroke risk factor signals anticoagulation need in AF

The risk of stroke or systemic embolism is significantly increased in atrial fibrillation patients with just one risk factor apart from gender, say researchers.

27-05-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

Trial results underestimate anticoagulant bleeding risk

A study in The BMJ demonstrates that estimates of major bleeding risk in patients taking anticoagulants in clinical trials are unlikely to reflect the reality of clinical practice.

26-05-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

AF linked to increased cancer risk in women

Women with new-onset atrial fibrillation have a significantly increased cancer risk for at least 1 year after AF diagnosis, an analysis of Women’s Health Study data shows.

23-05-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

AF-related symptoms and quality of life worse in women

Women with atrial fibrillation experience more severe symptoms, a lower quality of life and a higher risk of stroke than men, but they have better overall survival, US study data show.

17-05-2016 | Arrhythmia | News | Article

Targeting rotors challenged for nonparoxsymal AF

Targeted ablation of electrical rotors and focal sources is not a successful strategy in patients with persistent or long-standing atrial fibrillation, shows the randomised OASIS trial.

07-01-2016 | Pulmonary hypertension | News | Article

Arrhythmias worth treating in PAH patients

Supraventricular arrhythmias are common in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension but can be successfully managed with standard treatments, a study shows.

25-04-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Undetected arrhythmia could underlie some wake-up strokes

Unrecognized atrial fibrillation could be a cause of some wake-up strokes, say researchers who found an increased prevalence of the arrhythmia in patients who had stroke symptoms on waking.

05-12-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Digoxin for atrial fibrillation questioned

Experts are calling into question the widespread use of digoxin for atrial fibrillation, in the wake of findings linking the drug to increased mortality.

13-11-2012 | Cardiology | Article

MADIT-RIT: ICD reprogramming leads to fewer inappropriate shocks, deaths

High-rate or delayed implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy is associated with reductions in inappropriate therapy and all-cause mortality, researchers say.

12-09-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Dabigatran increasingly being used off-label

Dabigatran has increasingly been used for off-label indications, including venous thromboembolism, in the USA between 2007 and 2011, a study suggests.

13-08-2012 | Cardiology | Article

HAS-BLED proves predictive ability

Researchers say that the HAS-BLED score is a significant predictor for intracranial hemorrhage when compared with the HEMORR2HAGES and ATRIA scores, supporting international guideline recommendations.

07-08-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Old cardiac drug performs new tricks

An animal study has shown that the anti-angina drug ranolazine could significantly reduce the number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.

05-08-2012 | Cardiology | Article

‘Chicken Wing’ clue to stroke risk in atrial fibrillation

Patients with atrial fibrillation who have a Chicken Wing left atrial appendage morphology are less likely to have a stroke than those with other morphologies, research suggests.

22-07-2012 | Cardiology | Article

AF deaths more likely on the weekend

In-hospital mortality rates for patients who have atrial fibrillation are significantly higher on the weekend than on weekdays, show US study results.

19-07-2012 | Cardiology | Article

Ablation technique destroys eye of the storm

Researchers have developed a new technology that could significantly improve the success rate of procedures to treat atrial fibrillation.

18-07-2012 | Cardiology | Article

HAS-BLED: Atrial fibrillation patients undergoing angioplasty can still take anticoagulants

Researchers say that oral anticoagulation could improve the prognosis of atrial fibrillation patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention, even if they have a high bleeding risk according to the HAS-BLED score.