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Though marijuana is now prescribed by medical professionals to help some patients cope with their health conditions, a new study shows that the drug could still do harm if used too frequently.

More than 95 percent of implantations with the Watchman device for left atrial appendage occlusion in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation were successful, according to an analysis of procedural data.

Based on their findings, the researchers mentioned that EMRs could be used to evaluate existing prediction models and develop new models and be incorporated into clinical practice to prospectively identify people at high risk of atrial fibrillation and other diseases.

Trial results on same-day discharge for elective implantable cardioverter-defibrillator procedures may reassure centers, but whether the approach lowers cost is anyone’s guess.

More communities have started to place AEDs in public locations. Still, a recent Canadian study showed those initiatives might not be enough to provide people with a better chance to survive cardiac arrests.

 

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Medtronic agrees to operate cath, EP labs at Cleveland medical center

Medtronic has signed a deal to operate the catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland.

Be grateful this thanksgiving, your heart will appreciate it

Being extra thankful this Thanksgiving might give your heart health a boost, research suggests.

MMD patients have risk of conduction abnormalities, left ventricular dysfunction

More than 20 percent of patients with type I and type II myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD) had critically prognostic conduction abnormalities, according to a small study at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In addition, more than 10 percent of the patients had left ventricular dysfunction.

Marijuana use could lead to stress cardiomyopathy

Though marijuana is now prescribed by medical professionals to help some patients cope with their health conditions, a new study shows that the drug could still do harm if used too frequently.

Pacemakers implanted following TAVR may increase mortality risk

Patients who were implanted with a pacemaker after undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) had a 31 percent higher one-year mortality rate compared with patients who did not receive a pacemaker following TAVR, according to a retrospective cohort study.

Taking dabigatran may reduce hospitalizations for non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients

A retrospective cohort analysis found that patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who were newly treated with dabigatran (Pradaxa) had significantly lower all-cause hospitalizations, emergency room visits and physician office visits compared with a group that received warfarin.

TCT 2016: LAA closure device has high technical success rate in atrial fibrillation patients

An observational, prospective study found that there was a 98.8 percent technical success rate with the investigational Amplatzer Amulet LAA Occluder in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

TCT 2016: Real-world analysis shows Watchman is safe and effective in atrial fibrillation patients

More than 95 percent of implantations with the Watchman device for left atrial appendage occlusion in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation were successful, according to an analysis of procedural data.

Analyzing EMRs help validate atrial fibrillation risk prediction models

Based on their findings, the researchers mentioned that EMRs could be used to evaluate existing prediction models and develop new models and be incorporated into clinical practice to prospectively identify people at high risk of atrial fibrillation and other diseases.

First fetal heartbeat happens sooner than previously thought

Scientists have long thought that a human’s first heartbeat takes place on the 21st day after conception, but new research from the University of Oxford shows that it could be even earlier, at just 16 days after conception. 

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