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Nearly 80 percent of older adults who received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) survived at least two years, according to a registry analysis of Medicare beneficiaries.

After adjusting for multiple variables, adults who abused alcohol had increased risks of atrial fibrillation, MI and congestive heart failure, according to a longitudinal analysis. The relative risk for those outcomes were highest in adults who had no established cardiovascular risk factors.

Studies have shown that small amounts of alcohol could reduce the incidence of coronary disease. However, a recent review found that the benefits of alcohol do not apply to atrial fibrillation. In fact, the researchers noted that alcohol was a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, also known as an irregular heartbeat.

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.

 

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CMS plans on finalizing proposal to cover leadless pacemakers

After CMS received public comments, the agency announced on Jan. 18 that it is finalizing its proposal to cover leadless pacemakers.

80% of older adults survive more than two years after ICD implantation

Nearly 80 percent of older adults who received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) survived at least two years, according to a registry analysis of Medicare beneficiaries.

Physio-Control warns of AED battery issue that may lead to adverse events

Physio-Control announced on Jan. 13 that users of the company’s LIFEPAK 1000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should immediately remove and reinstall the battery from their devices.

Alcohol abuse may increase risk for atrial fibrillation, MI, congestive heart failure

After adjusting for multiple variables, adults who abused alcohol had increased risks of atrial fibrillation, MI and congestive heart failure, according to a longitudinal analysis. The relative risk for those outcomes were highest in adults who had no established cardiovascular risk factors.

Level of evidence in atrial fibrillation guidelines remains consistent from 2001 to 2014

Although the number of randomized trials evaluating atrial fibrillation increased by more than 200 percent from 2001 to 2014, there was no significant increase in the use of level A evidence used in guidelines.

FDA approves St. Jude Medical’s cardiac mapping system

The FDA cleared the EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system and the Advisor FL circular mapping catheter for patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

Improper dosing of NOACs may increase risk of mortality, cardiac hospitalization

Nearly 13 percent of patients with atrial fibrillation did not receive the correct dose of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), according to a registry analysis.

Patients receiving dabigatran have high adherence rates, low risk of stroke, bleeding

A registry analysis found that patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation who received dabigatran (Pradaxa) had a 76.6 percent probability of remaining on treatment at one year and a 69.2 percent probability of remaining on treatment at two years.

Alcohol remains major risk factor for atrial fibrillation

Studies have shown that small amounts of alcohol could reduce the incidence of coronary disease. However, a recent review found that the benefits of alcohol do not apply to atrial fibrillation. In fact, the researchers noted that alcohol was a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, also known as an irregular heartbeat.

Biotronik enrolls first patients in study evaluating BioMonitor 2 in office setting

Biotronik announced Dec. 5 that the first patients had enrolled in the BioInsight trial, which is evaluating the use of the BioMonitor 2 in an office setting.

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