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Penn Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Congenital Heart Disease

Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Proven Safe and Effective for Patients with Congenital Heart Disease, Penn Study Finds

In a new study presented today at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that CHD patients—even with complex defects—can safely undergo ablation for AF, with similar success rates as patients with normal hearts.

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Study Reveals Prevalence of Women with Heart Disease Delivering Babies Is Increasing

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A study of more than 80,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012 reveals that the prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies increased by 24 percent over that 10-year period.

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Heart Disease, Aortic Stenosis, Cardiovascular Disease, Transcather aortic valve implantation, transcather valve replacement, transcatheter aortic heart valve, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, Mitral Valve Disease, mitral valve replacement

TVT 2017 Agenda Now Available

The agenda for the TVT (Transcatheter Valve Therapies) is now available online: http://www.crf.org/tvt/the-conference/agenda. TVT 2017 is a practical three-day course featuring the latest research and state-of-the-art techniques for transcatheter aortic and mitral valve therapies. For 10 years, TVT has provided healthcare professionals with the latest advances, tools, and techniques for the treatment of valvular heart disease using nonsurgical procedures.

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Atrial fibrilation, biomarker discovery, intermountain medical center, intermountain healthcare, Heart Rhythm Society , heart rythmn disorder, Heart Attack, Stroke

New Study Identifies Biomarker That May Indicate Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

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Researchers have identified a microRNA biomarker that demonstrates a strong association with the incidence of atrial fibrillation, the most common abnormal heart rhythm.

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Atrial Fibrillation, Dementia, intermountain healthcare, intermountain medical center heart institute, Risk Score, Heart Rhythm Society

Combining Risk Scores Improves Identification of Atrial Fibrillation Patients Who Face Increased Risk of Dementia

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Combining the Intermountain Mortality Risk Score (IMRS), developed by clinicians at Intermountain Healthcare, with the traditional CHA2DS2-VASc risk score, was more accurate in identifying at-risk patients than using the traditional score alone.

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chip-based, Heart, iCHIP, Drug Discovery, Animal Studies, drug trials, LLNL

Lawrence Livermore Unveils “Heart-on-a-Chip” to Improve Drug Development

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Lawrence Livermore researchers have successfully modeled a human heart on an engineered chip and measured the effects of chemical exposure on functions of heart tissue using microelectrodes, a development scientists hope will decrease the time needed for new prescription drug trials and ensure potentially lifesaving drugs are safe and effective, while at the same time reducing the need for human and animal testing.

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Atrial fibrilation, Risk Analysis, Risk Score, Afib, Stroke, intermountain medical center, intermountain healthcare, Heart Rhythm, Heart Rhythm Society , Heart Research, Heart Abnormalities

Combining Risk Scores Improves Decision-Making Process for Atrial Fibrillation Patients and Physicians

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By combining a patient’s traditional risk score with the Intermountain Mortality Risk Score (IMRS), physicians and patients are better equipped to evaluate a patient’s individual risk of stroke, bleeding, and mortality with atrial fibrillation, according to a new study of more than 80,000 patients from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

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atrail fibrillation , Afib, Cardiology, Pulmonary vein isolation

Laser, Video Technology Combine in New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

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The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is the first hospital in the Midwest to offer an improved minimally invasive treatment for atrial fibrillation, also called AF or AFib.

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New Guideline: Ask About Body Cooling for Loved Ones After Cardiac Arrest

Cooling down the body may reduce brain injury for people in a coma after being revived from cardiac arrest, according to a new guideline developed by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and published in the May 10, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The guideline recommends that families ask if their loved one qualifies for the procedure. The guideline is endorsed by the Neurocritical Care Society.

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Coronary Artery Disease, artery stent, anti-platelet, high bleeding risk, HBR, clinical trial, Heart Disease, Stent

First Pennsylvania Patient Treated in Landmark Heart Artery Stent Trial

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PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute in Harrisburg, PA, enrolled the first patient in Pennsylvania in a trial assessing the safety and effectiveness of a new stent to treat patients with coronary heart disease who are at higher risk for bleeding.







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