Atrial Fibrillation

Ablation Reduces Risk of Recurrent Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation

Ablation Reduces Risk of Recurrent Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation

Ablation is associated with reduced risk of recurrent stroke for patients with artrial fibrillation.

Risk Prediction Models for Bleeding Events in Afib Have Modest Success

Risk Prediction Models for Bleeding Events in Afib Have Modest Success

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Risk scores help identify high-risk patients who may benefit from intervention.

Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Cognitive Decline

Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Cognitive Decline

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Mechanisms including silent cerebral infarct, microemboli, microbleedings, and cerebral hypoperfusion may be responsible for the link between atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline.

Rivaroxaban, Warfarin Show Similar Efficacy in AFib-Related Ischemic Stroke

Rivaroxaban, Warfarin Show Similar Efficacy in AFib-Related Ischemic Stroke

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The investigators noted that rivaroxaban was associated with significantly reduced length of hospital stay compared with warfarin.

Reduced Stroke Risk With Vitamin K Antagonist Monotherapy

Reduced Stroke Risk With Vitamin K Antagonist Monotherapy

Dual therapy was associated with a significantly higher bleeding risk.

Stroke Prevention May Help Reduce Dementia Risk

Stroke Prevention May Help Reduce Dementia Risk

Delays in anticoagulation treatment resulted in increased risk for dementia.

After Stroke Onset, Prehospital ECG Helps Detect Atrial Fibrillation

After Stroke Onset, Prehospital ECG Helps Detect Atrial Fibrillation

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Neglecting abnormalities in ECG readings could result in serious acute cardiac events in patients presenting with stroke.

Intracranial Bleed Risk Compared for Warfarin, Apixaban in Afib Patients

Intracranial Bleed Risk Compared for Warfarin, Apixaban in Afib Patients

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Patients taking apixaban showed significantly less intracranial hemorrhage (0.33% per year) vs patients taking warfarin (0.80% per year), no matter the type and location.

Many A-Fib Patients Not Getting Appropriate Anticoagulation Therapy

Many A-Fib Patients Not Getting Appropriate Anticoagulation Therapy

More than 80% of ischemic stroke patients weren't getting adequate anticoagulation therapy.

Prestroke CHA2DS2-VASc Score Predicts Stroke Severity, Outcomes

Prestroke CHA2DS2-VASc Score Predicts Stroke Severity, Outcomes

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Clinicians should closely monitor patients with atrial fibrillation, especially if they are female and of increasing age.

Heart Failure, AFib May Precede Mild Alzheimer's Disease

Heart Failure, AFib May Precede Mild Alzheimer's Disease

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Early intervention in patients with heart failure or atrial fibrillation may help delay or prevent the onset of mild dementia.

Stroke May Be the First Sign of Atrial Fibrillation

Stroke May Be the First Sign of Atrial Fibrillation

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It is not clear if identifying atrial fibrillation in an effort to prevent stroke would be an effective preventive strategy.

Insulin-Controlled Diabetes Linked to Increased Stroke Risk in AFib

Insulin-Controlled Diabetes Linked to Increased Stroke Risk in AFib

The increased risk of stroke was only observed among patients with diabetes controlled by insulin.

Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Strokes in Elderly

Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Associated With Strokes in Elderly

At 1 year, no difference in complications was observed between the 2 age groups.

Stroke Recurrence Risk Low After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Stroke Recurrence Risk Low After Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Twelve months after AFib ablation, risk of recurrent stroke or AFib is low.

Many AFib Patients Not Taking Oral Anticoagulants Despite Stroke Risk

Many AFib Patients Not Taking Oral Anticoagulants Despite Stroke Risk

Only 46% of patients with indications received OACs at discharge from the hospital.

Many AFib Patients Unaware of Stroke Risk

Many AFib Patients Unaware of Stroke Risk

32.1% believed that heart attack is a major risk factor of AF, which is incorrect.

Sleep Duration, Quality Impacts Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Sleep Duration, Quality Impacts Atrial Fibrillation Risk

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Reduced REM sleep was correlated with a 23% increased risk of atrial fibrillation, while insomnia was associated with a 29% increased risk.

Short Episodes of Tachycardia, AFib Have Little to No Effect on Stroke Risk

Short Episodes of Tachycardia, AFib Have Little to No Effect on Stroke Risk

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Long episodes of AT/AF were more likely to be associated with clinical events than short episodes.

Sleep Apnea Boosts Risk of Atrial Fibrillation, Blood Clots Post-Op

Sleep Apnea Boosts Risk of Atrial Fibrillation, Blood Clots Post-Op

Patients with untreated OSA face an increased risk of complications.

Benefit of Vitamin K Antagonist Outweighs Bleeding Risk in Elderly

Benefit of Vitamin K Antagonist Outweighs Bleeding Risk in Elderly

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Treating older patients with a vitamin K antagonist may be warranted since thrombosis risk is more markedly increased than bleeding risk with rising age.

Suboptimal Dosing of Warfarin Tied to Increased Dementia Risk

Suboptimal Dosing of Warfarin Tied to Increased Dementia Risk

Patients who were on the anticoagulant had an increase risk of dementia independent of atrial fibrillation.

Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detected AF in Real-World Patients With Cryptogenic Stroke

Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detected AF in Real-World Patients With Cryptogenic Stroke

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The incidence of atrial fibrillation in stroke patients with an insertable cardiac monitor was higher than that reported previously.

Anticoagulant Treatment Falling Short in AFib Patients

Anticoagulant Treatment Falling Short in AFib Patients

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The authors suggest that physicians may be concerned about bleeding risk.

Central Sleep Apnea Associated with Atrial Fibrillation Risk in Older Men

Central Sleep Apnea Associated with Atrial Fibrillation Risk in Older Men

A-fib was associated with central apnea, Cheyne Stokes respiration, apnea hypopnea index in older men.

ATRIA Risk Score Better Identifies Patients at Low Risk of Stroke

ATRIA Risk Score Better Identifies Patients at Low Risk of Stroke

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Use of ATRIA may help reduce the risk of over-treating low-risk patients with anticoagulants.

Dabigatran Safety, Effectiveness Differs in Women

Dabigatran Safety, Effectiveness Differs in Women

Despite a higher risk of stroke, women are often prescribed the lower dose.

Botulinum Toxin May Prevent Atrial Fibrillation After Bypass Surgery

Botulinum Toxin May Prevent Atrial Fibrillation After Bypass Surgery

30 days after surgery, only 7% of those who received the botulinum toxin developed A-Fib compared to 30% given saline.

Many Patients Unaware of Stroke, Bleeding Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

Many Patients Unaware of Stroke, Bleeding Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

Primary care physicians are failing to provide information about stroke or bleeding risk.

Atrial Fibrillation Raises Dementia Risk Independent of Stroke

Atrial Fibrillation Raises Dementia Risk Independent of Stroke

Longer duration of AF was associated with greater risk of dementia.

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