New Research Advances in Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation linked to faster cognitive decline

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported that people with atrial fibrillation tend to have faster cognitive decline, even among those who have not experienced a stroke.

Anticoagulant drug therapy is underused

The findings, which were released at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2013, suggest that there is widespread underuse of anticoagulant therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation who are at high risk of stroke, despite the fact that this therapy is known to decrease stroke risk in people with afib.

Weight loss may reduce symptoms of atrial fibrillation

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, Australia found that a structured weight management program for highly symptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation reduced frequency of symptoms, severity and reduced antiarrhythmic use when compared with attempts to manage risk factors alone.

New, simple method for determining atrial fibrillation in women

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have devised and tested a simple atrial fibrillation risk prediction model, based on six easily obtained factors: a woman's age, height, weight, blood pressure, alcohol consumption and smoking history.

Specific heart contractions could indicate atrial fibrillation

In a study published in the December 3, 2013 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers discovered that patients who have more premature atrial contractions (PACs) detected by a routine 24-hour Holter monitor have a substantially higher risk for atrial fibrillation.