American Heart Association

New drug restores irregular heart rhythm more often and much faster


The multi-channel blocker vernakalant restored sinus rhythm more often and much faster than the widely used class III drug ibutilide in patients presenting to the emergency room with recent-onset atrial fibrillation (quivering or irregular heartbeat), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s […]

Botox may prevent irregular heartbeat after bypass surgery


Botox — known for reducing facial wrinkles — may also prevent irregular heart rhythms when injected into fat surrounding the heart after bypass surgery, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is produced by Clostridium […]

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

Heart disease survivor donates $5 million to fund research center for heart disease in women


Years ago, when Sally Soter was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, she told her doctor she was determined to conquer heart disease — and help other women facing it too.

Her commitment to fighting the No. 1 killer of women […]

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 — […]

Insertable cardiac monitoring cost-effectively detects post-stroke irregular heartbeat

Insertable cardiac monitoring cost-effectively detects irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation episodes and episode duration in patients who have had cryptogenic strokes (cause of stroke unknown), according to two studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Doctors cannot determine the cause of ischemic stroke in 20 percent […]

Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, raises the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that raises […]

Antman urges innovation to harness technology, big data

Scientific researchers and healthcare professionals must transform emerging technology and big data into innovative ways to help patients, American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, MD, FAHA, said Sunday during his Presidential Address at Scientific Sessions.

Antman cited several examples of groundbreaking science that are already putting technological and innovative advances […]

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 […]

Antman addressing cardiology meeting in China

American Heart Association President Elliot Antman, M.D. is heading to Beijing, China, to participate in the annual Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology.

The conference will be held Oct. 16- 19 at the China National Convention Center.

As an invited speaker, Dr. Antman will chair and lecture in a joint AHA/GW-ICC session […]