Electrophysiology & Arrhythmia

A team of University of Texas at Austin researchers are looking to replace the decades-old electrocardiography process with a more comprehensive, streamlined way to monitor heart health: e-tattoos.

Researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to catch out-of-hospital cardiac arrests early with an algorithm that, when integrated with smart speakers like the Google Home or Amazon Alexa, can monitor people for audible cardiac arrest symptoms while they sleep.

More than 14 million European adults aged 65 and up will have developed atrial fibrillation by 2060, according to a paper published June 6 in EP Europace.

Biotronik is targeting a minimum of 40% female enrollment for its newest project, a large-scale prospective study of sex differences in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) and an implanted cardiovascular device.

Heart patients prone to emotionally triggered atrial fibrillation are less likely to experience an arrhythmia if they’re taking beta-blockers, according to a June 3 study published in Heart Rhythm.

Former heart patient Donald Scott gifted Loyola Medicine $1.5 million last week as a thank-you for the care he received there when he suffered an arrhythmia, Loyola announced May 31.

The so-called “weekend effect”—that idea that patients admitted to the hospital on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays face greater odds of readmission down the line—doesn’t apply to victims of cardiac arrest, according to data presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester June 2.

Consuming 32 ounces or more of an energy drink within an hour could raise blood pressure and trigger life-threatening arrhythmias, according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The atrial fibrillation market is projected to reach $14.68 billion by 2026, according to recent estimates from market research company Reports and Data.

People living in the Canadian province of Manitoba are facing up to 70-week waits for elective echocardiograms, CBC reported May 28—dozens of weeks longer than those living in neighboring Saskatchewan and Ontario provinces.

 

Women are less likely to be resuscitated by bystanders than men in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and when resuscitation is attempted they see lower survival rates, according to research published in the European Heart Journal May 21.

An absorbable, antibiotic-eluting mesh envelope significantly reduced the incidence of major cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections in a recent study of nearly 7,000 patients, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine May 16.