Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia

The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance and Fitbit on Oct. 17 announced they’d be partnering to improve timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in people at an increased risk of stroke.

An implantable cardiac monitor designed to alert patients with coronary artery disease to progressive, abnormal ST-segment shifts could expedite transport to the ED and reduce treatment delays during acute coronary syndromes, according to work published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Consuming smaller amounts of alcohol more frequently is a greater risk factor for atrial fibrillation than binge drinking, according to a study published in EP Europace Oct. 17.

Medtronic on Oct. 7 announced the launch of its EV ICD pivotal study—a prospective, pre-market trial designed to assess the efficacy of an extravascular system in treating dangerous arrhythmias.

Doctors at the University of New Mexico Hospital used an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system to treat a cardiac arrest patient in the field for the first time last week, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Teens who use or abuse cannabis could be at risk for a number of cardiac arrhythmias, according to research published in the American Journal of Cardiology, including atrial flutter or fibrillation, palpitations and long QT syndrome.

A combo of cryoballoon ablation and novel oral anticoagulants might be a more effective treatment route than standard care for obese AFib patients, who, according to an Oct. 4 study, are less likely to benefit from traditional catheter ablation in the long-term.

Researchers have developed a point-of-care smartphone app that helps physicians ID cardiac implanted electrical devices in urgent or emergent settings, according to a study published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Researchers are calling for better implementation of ICD therapy after an analysis of the Swedish HF Registry found the devices to be beneficial—but underused—among patients with HFrEF.

Victims of cardiac arrest are more likely to recover with good brain function if they’re subject to “cooling” after resuscitation, UPI.com reported via HealthDay News Oct. 2.

An analysis of the long-running Framingham Heart Study has revealed that exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood increases a person’s lifetime risk of atrial fibrillation.

A singular, high-dose beam of radiation could improve survival odds in patients with ventricular tachycardia, many of whom are too sick to undergo conventional therapy, researchers reported at the ASTRO meeting in Chicago Sept. 15.