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AHA, Heart Rhythm Society join to improve care for AFib patients


The American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society announced Thursday a collaboration to advance research and improve the delivery of care for people with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

The organizations will work together over the next three years to engage more hospitals […]

October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Patients|Tags: , |1 Comment

Guidelines for blood thinner use could impact nearly all women and seniors with AFib

Doctors would prescribe blood thinners to nearly a million more patients if they strictly followed the latest guidelines for treating atrial fibrillation, according to a new registry analysis.

That means practically every woman and every person age 65 and older with the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or AFib — […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Philanthropists’ devotion straight from the heart, his and hers

Jane Golub is one active 75-year-old. She walks stairs, plays golf and follows her gym workout routine.

So last winter, when Jane arrived at the top of the 47 stairs at the Rensselaer, New York, train station struggling to breathe, it gave her husband, Neil, pause for concern.

“I first became […]

AFib hospitalizations and burden increasing

Atrial fibrillation is increasingly becoming a burden on America’s health and the healthcare system.

Hospitalizations for the condition jumped 23 percent and costs rose by 24 percent from 2001-10, according to a recent study published in Circulation.

During the study time period, nearly 4 million people were hospitalized with AFib, most […]

New guidelines update treatment options for atrial fibrillation

People with atrial fibrillation should work closely with their doctors to treat the condition, using a more detailed stroke-risk assessment tool and careful consideration about aspirin or blood-thinning drugs, according to new treatment guidelines released Friday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

More than 2.7 million […]

Implanted cardiac monitor identifies stroke risk better than traditional methods

A cardiac monitor about the size of a USB flash drive that’s implanted under the skin was six to seven times more likely to detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that’s a risk factor for stroke, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]

SimpleScience@Heart: iPhone app may help detect irregular heart rhythm

An iPhone app that records electrical activity in the heart could help doctors quickly and accurately diagnose atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that increases risk of stroke.

An iPhone-based electrocardiogram (ECG) application, AliveCor, correctly diagnosed atrial fibrillation in more than 100 patients 95 percent of the time.

Seemingly healthy people […]