Heart Rhythm

The analysis included more than 5,000 patients who received care from December 2014 to January 2018 in one of 42 countries.

New data published in Nature Communications may explain why heart problems are so common among shift workers. 

AFib episodes that last 5.5 hours or longer increase a patient’s risk of ischemic stroke by a significant margin. 

The study included patients with a recent history of PCI, CABG or confirmed coronary artery disease that did not require revascularization.

Researchers recommend a more comprehensive evaluation of respiratory function in AFib patients.

“AFib remains a serious arrhythmia, and additional treatment options are needed,” one cardiologist said. 

Vizient is also working closely with the two companies to boost patient care. 

Researchers tracked data from the UK Biobank study, sharing their analysis in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The study's authors hope their work can help high-risk patients receive the care they need. 

Researchers tracked data from 25,948 adults over the age of 71.

The risk was especially high in patients with high viral loads of HIV.

"These findings might imply that not all AFib is worth screening for, and not all screen-detected AFib merits anticoagulation," researchers wrote. 

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