Patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are admitted to rural hospitals have a 17 percent increased risk of death during their stay compared to those admitted to urban facilities, researchers reported in HeartRhythm.

A recent article in Cardiovascular Business summarized the lack of quality research on surgeries for children with congenital heart disease.

A majority of patients who undergo bariatric surgery for the first time maintain significant weight loss through seven years of follow-up, according to a study published Dec. 6 in JAMA Surgery.

Heart patients could be at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease and hypertension if they live near a busy road, Duke University researchers reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology this week.

Holiday stereotypes are around for a reason—people look forward to a time of year dedicated to gift exchanges, hot cocoa and family vacations. But for the American Heart Association (AHA), the holidays have an additional label: peak heart attack season.