Heart Rhythm

Hearts should have normal rhythm to their beats, but when these beats are out of synch, it causes inefficient pumping of blood. Irregular heart arrhythmias occur when the electrical signals that coordinate the heart's beats do not work properly. This can cause beats that are too fast (tachycardia), or too slow (bradycardia). Tachycardias include atrial fibrillation (AFib), supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia (VT). Bradycardias include sick sinus syndrome and conduction block. Electrophysiology arrhythmia treatments include medications, life style changes, and the EP lab interventions of catheter ablation, and implantable pacemakers or defibrillators.

Even patients who were never hospitalized for COVID-19 face a heightened risk of cardiovascular issues. #longcovid

Researchers explored the "prolonged physiological impact of COVID-19" in a research letter published in JAMA Network Open.

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Regularly eating a Southern-style diet full of added fats, fried foods, processed meats and sugar-sweetened beverages can do harm to a person's cardiovascular system. 

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Researchers have developed a new risk score that outperforms previous techniques. 

Myocardial fibrosis was more common among people with a confirmed HIV diagnosis, the authors found.

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The patient, a 78-year-old female, began showing signs of a negative reaction within 20 hours. 

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The full Arctic Front line is now approved as a first-line treatment for heart rhythm issues. 

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Alcohol consumption is associated with a heightened risk of stroke among patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation.

The study's authors examined data from more than 816,000 patients who were diagnosed with cancer from 2009 to 2016.

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The new collaboration is designed to help clinicians reach and treat AFib patients in communities that don't always receive the most attention. 

IVUS guidance during DES implantation boosts long-term outcomes in new study

The study, published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, included data from more than 3,000 patients. 

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After 12 months, AFib detection was much higher in stroke patients treated with an insertable cardiac monitor than those who received usual care. 

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This issue “has the potential to inhibit lifesaving therapies,” according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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American Medical Association President Gerald Harmon, MD, joined us for an exclusive chat about some of the hottest topics discussed at the 2022 AMA House of Delegates meeting.

Brian Ghoshhajra, MD, division chief, cardiovascular imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, explains what specialized training is needed to perform coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as interest rapidly rises in this field. 

Brian Ghoshhajra, MD, MBA, division chief, cardiovascular imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School, and a board member of the Society of cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), explains the rapidly expanding interest in cardiac computed tomography (CT) under the new chest pain evaluation guidelines.

   
   
   
   
   
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