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Long-term survival worse for black survivors of in-hospital cardiac arrest

Black people who survive cardiac arrest during hospitalisation have lower odds of long-term survival compared with similar white survivors, according to new research published...
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Blackouts and near drownings may signal sudden death risk

Blackouts and near drownings may point to long QT syndrome (LQTS), signalling an increased risk of sudden death, according to research presented at the SA Heart Congress (25-28 October, Sun City, South Africa) by Paul Brink, Tygerberg, South Africa.

Black Americans are at greater risk for sudden cardiac arrest than white Americans

Black Americans are more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest and at a much earlier age than their white compatriots, according to research published in Circulation.
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Heart Rhythm Society and Association of Black Cardiologists launch 10-City Arrest the Risk campaign...

The Heart Rhythm Society and the Association of Black Cardiologists are working in conjunction to help reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest among African Americans through a new campaign titled 10-City Arrest the Risk.
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Researchers identify stroke predictors in black patients

Predictors of atrial fibrillation might offer physicians a better way to prevent stroke in blacks, according to a new study performed in Winston-Salem, USA.

“Worrisome” rise in cardiovascular disease predicted out to 2060

Projected rates of cardiovascular risk factors and disease will increase significantly in the USA by 2060, a study published in the Journal of the...

iRhythm’s ZEUS system gains US FDA approval

iRhythm Technologies has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its ZEUS (Zio ECG Utilization Software) system for the Zio Watch. Produced...

ACC.22: Analysis shows low rate of device removal in case of CIED infection

Results of a large-scale, real-world analysis of US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data on the rates of guideline adherence and associated...
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Racial minorities less likely to receive CPR

Black and Hispanic individuals experiencing a cardiac arrest either at home or in public are substantially less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from...
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DiA Imaging Analysis announces partnership with Healthcare Technology to expand AI offering for echo-lab...

DiA Imaging Analysis Ltd, announced today a multi-year agreement with Change Healthcare. Change Healthcare's proven cardiology solutions, along with DiA's AI-based algorithms, will benefit...

Remote blood pressure monitoring beneficial for stroke survivors in under-resourced areas

A new strategy using telehealth to monitor blood pressure at home for several months immediately after a stroke had a positive impact on patient engagement and blood...

Hospitals trial AI-backed technology to speed up arrhythmia diagnosis

Hospitals in England are trialling remote monitoring technology from iRhythm Technologies—Zio XT—which is designed to aid the detection of arrhythmias supported by artificial intelligence. Typically...

Ethnic and racial minority cardiologists face professional discrimination and exclusion

Ethnic and racial minority cardiologists report career satisfaction but face professional discrimination and exclusion. This was the main finding of the American College of...

Heart Rhythm Society names new chief strategy officer

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has announced the appointment of Simintha Esson as its new chief strategy officer (CSO). In this role, Esson is responsible...

Hostile environment: Cardiologists report high prevalence of discrimination and harassment in the workplace

Discrimination and harassment are a common experience among those working in cardiology, according to the findings from a global survey carried out by the...

US FDA grants Breakthrough Device Designation for AF ECG analysis platform

Tempus has announced that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company Breakthrough Device Designation for its ECG analysis platform. The...

American Heart Association issues call for action on structural racism in cardiovascular care

Structural racism is a major cause of poor health and premature death from heart disease and stroke, according to a presidential advisory issued today...

Air pollution exposure multiplies risk of stroke in AF patients

Sufferers of atrial fibrillation (AF) who are exposed to greater levels of pollution have a 1.2-fold higher risk of stroke than their peers who...

Fitness linked to lower arrhythmia recurrence after AF ablation

Patients undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, who are physically fit before the procedure, have a much higher chance of benefiting from the procedure and...

JAHA retracts paper calling for end to cardiology diversity programmes

The Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) has retracted a paper published in March 2020, which drew criticism due to its conclusions about race and the role of affirmative action within...

Tenfold risk of arrhythmias in intensive care COVID-19 patients

Patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to an intensive care unit were 10 times more likely than other hospitalised COVID-19 patients to suffer cardiac...

Sex and race disparities found in ICD interventions for cardiac patients

Results of a clinical trial show stark disparities in the use of life-saving implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) interventions based on sex and race, suggesting...

Diversity strategies in cardiology are not working, study finds

Different strategies are needed to address the continuing lack of diversity in the US cardiology workforce, say the authors of a cross-sectional study which...

HRC 2019: Sequential approach using STAR mapping system identifies key early sites of activation...

The use of a Stochastic Trajectory Analysis of Ranked signals (STAR) mapping approach consistently identified early sites of activation (ESA) in patients with persistent...

Deep learning AI may identify atrial fibrillation from a normal rhythm ECG

An artificial intelligence (AI) model has been found to identify patients with intermittent atrial fibrillation even when performed during normal rhythm using a quick...

New catheter system for His bundle pacing receives US FDA clearance

  Medtronic has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and commercial launch for the SelectSite C304-HIS deflectable catheter system for use in procedures...

Low referral rates and treatment disparities lead to underuse of ICDs in indicated patients

Implantable cardiac devices are underused, with widespread gender and race treatment disparities, and low referral rates to electrophysiologists, according to the findings from three...

CE mark for Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure device

Boston Scientific announced it has received CE mark and initiated a limited market release of the next generation Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure...

Case report: Mapping a complex macroreentrant atrial arrhythmia in congenital heart disease after surgical...

This article has been sponsored by Abbott Case description A 31 year-old female with tricuspid atresia and normally related great vessels who underwent an atriopulmonary Fontan...

Case report: Usefulness of high resolution mapping with mini-electrodes to select ablation site...

This article has been sponsored by Boston Scientific. Case description A 62-year-old woman, with recent sinus venosus atrial septal defect correction surgery, developed a persistent macroreentrant...

New guidelines promote safety for patients on antithrombotic drugs undergoing anaesthesia or pain intervention

Patient safety is the focus of newly published updates to consensus statements that address the use of antithrombotic drugs by individuals who may require...

CMR 2018 announces programme highlights and keynote speakers

  The cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) 2018 meeting organised by European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance will showcase the...

Pacemakers safely reused in Mexico highlight potential of recycling CIEDs

Recycling or reusing cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) could bring down costs for low-income or uninsured patients. A small study presented at the 30th...

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy guided by imaging: The next step for optimal left ventricular lead...

Jonathan Behar (London, UK) co-inventor for the Guide CRT platform—shortlisted as a 2017 finalist for the EHRA Inventors Award—details the benefits of this novel...

EHRA Inventors Award ideas focus on cardiac remote monitoring and CRT optimisation

For the second-year running, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) held the EHRA Inventors Award competition at EHRA-EUROPACE CARDIOSTIM (18‒21 June, Vienna, Austria), a...

Gaining a few pounds may increase long-term heart failure risk

Gaining even a little weight over time may alter the structure and function of heart muscle, affecting long-term risk of heart failure, according to...

Portola Pharmaceuticals’ Phase 3 ANNEXATM study results published

The results were published online by The New England Journal of Medicine, while the ANNEXA-R data were presented during a late-breaking clinical trial session at AHA Scientific Sessions 2015.

Sudden cardiac death in sport may occur in healthy hearts

Study reveals how physical exertion may trigger sudden death in people with apparently healthy hearts.
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ESC announces hot line sessions highlights

Key topics from the hot line sessions of ESC 2015 include atrial fibrillation, pacing, acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, pharmacology and coronary artery disease.
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Racial and gender disparities in care exist for patients newly-diagnosed with atrial fibrillation

New study published in HeartRhythm shows differences in the utilisation of atrial fibrillation therapies in a large nationwide population.

What is the best strategy for managing atrial fibrillation?

John D Day, president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society writes that many cases of atrial fibrillation in the USA could be prevented or reversed with lifestyles focussed on health.
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AliveCor offers integration with Practice Fusion’s electronic health records platform

The partnership between AliveCor and Practice Fusion enables customers of free, web-based electronic health records to seamlessly import AliveCor System's electrocardiogram readings.

An approach to patient education and raising greater awareness of heart rhythm disorders

The Heart Rhythm Society has several campaigns to raise awareness of heart rhythm disorders, such as "Arrest the Risk Awareness" that aims to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest among black and Hispanic communities. Anne Gillis reviews the importance of patient education.

HRS launches Arrest the Risk campaign to overcome the barriers to proper diagnosis and...

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), commonly mistaken for a heart attack, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year,...
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New HeartLight data reinforce single procedure chronic success rates in the treatment of AF

Results presented at the ESC congress showed that pulmonary vein isolation with the device led to a 99% acute success rate and up to an 82% chronic success rate at 12 months follow-up.

Chu-Pak Lau

Chu-Pak Lau, honorary clinical professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, talked to Cardiac Rhythm News about rate-responsive pacemakers, the potential role of gene therapy in managing atrial fibrillation, and leadless pacing.
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St Jude Medical launches new version of its remote patient monitoring system

The version 5.0 of the Merlin.net Patient Care Network includes a Mobile DirectAlerts notification feature for important patient and device alerts. This is a secure physician notification system compatible with iPhone, Android, iPad and Blackberry.
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ROCKET-AF sub-analysis results presented at International Stroke Conference

A sub-analysis of data from the ROCKET-AF trial presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012 shows that rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer Healthcare) might be better at preventing clot-related strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation while minimising the risk of causing a bleeding stroke.
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Gene analysis helps identify basis of rare infant heart disorder

Researchers from USA have found differences in gene expression that could indicate a predisposition for histiocytoid cardiomyopathy (HC) in infants.
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St. Jude Medical adds mobile notifications to its remote patient monitoring system for implantable...

The new additions provide physicians easier access to important alerts and improve efficiency of data transmission to electronic health records.
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Heart rhythm charities launch patient surveys to gather information on arrhythmias and syncopal conditions

Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) and sister charity, Syncope Trust And Reflex Anoxic Seizures (STARS) surveys' results will be used to help inform, educate and raise awareness of heart rhythm disorders and syncope globally.
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Apixaban superior to aspirin in reducing stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial...

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer announced the full results of the AVERROES study of apixaban in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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UK’s Arrhythmia Awareness Week is launched

Event to be held with the World Heart Rhythm Week, 8-14 June 2009, aims to provide information on diseases and encourage routine pulse checks.

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