Cardiology

Biomarker predicts success of Afib treatment

Johns Hopkins researchers report successful use of heart imaging to predict the benefit or futility of catheter ablation, an increasingly popular way to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.

Cardiology

Ablation better than medical Tx for A-fib with heart failure

(HealthDay)—Among patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure, catheter ablation is associated with a significant reduction in a composite end point of death from any cause or hospitalization for worsening heart ...

Cardiology

Interruption of apixaban doesn't impact bleeding in A-fib

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing catheter ablation for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF), both uninterrupted and minimally interrupted apixaban are associated with a very low rate of thromboembolic events, according ...

Cardiology

Benefit of aspirin after A-fib ablation questioned

(HealthDay)—For atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation patients undergoing their index ablation, long-term aspirin therapy is associated with increased rates of bleeding and may not lower risk of stroke, according to a study ...

Cardiology

Quantifying effectiveness of treatment for irregular heartbeat

In a small proof-of-concept study, researchers at Johns Hopkins report a complex mathematical method to measure electrical communications within the heart can successfully predict the effectiveness of catheter ablation, the ...

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