Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Cannabis use associated with lower AF risk in heart failure

Literature - May 8, 2018 - Adegbala O, et al. - Am J Cardiol 2018

In a retrospective analysis of a healthcare cost and utilization database, cannabis use was associated with a lower AF risk in hospitalized heart failure patients.

Considerations on antithrombotic treatment of VTE and AF patients

10' education - Mar. 8, 2018 - Prof. Menno Huisman and dr. Alexander Cohen
This conversation covers differences in efficacy and safety outcomes of treatment with DOACs or VKA, and how to decide what to give to whom and for how long, in light of the risk of antithrombotic and bleeding complications.

This conversation covers differences in efficacy and safety outcomes of treatment with DOACs or VKA, and how to decide what to give to whom and for how long, in light of the risk of antithrombotic and bleeding complications.

Continuous DOAC is safe and effective in patients with AF undergoing ablation

Literature - Apr. 16, 2018 - Kirchhof P, et al. - Eur Heart J 2018

In the AXAFA-AFNET 5 trial, continuous apixaban therapy was non-inferior to continuous VKA treatment in terms of stroke, bleedings, cognitive function and MRI-detected acute brain lesions.

Persons with atrial fibrillation at increased risk of dementia

Literature - Mar. 29, 2018 - Chen LY et al. - J Am Heart Assoc. 2018

Incident atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with both greater cognitive decline and increased risk of dementia compared with individuals without AF, independent of clinical ischemic stroke.

Consensus Statement of International Heart Rhythm Societies on how to limit cognitive decline in AF

News - Mar. 27, 2018

Four Heart Rhythm Societies have composed a consensus statement on how to prevent, assess and treat cognitive decline in atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias.

EHRA publishes an updated Practical Guide on NOAC use for stroke prevention in AF

News - Mar. 21, 2018

The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) updated its practical guide on use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in specific clinical situations and particular patient groups.

Prospective data of large real-world registry confirm safety profile of NOAC for stroke prevention in AF

News - Mar. 20, 2018

New data of the ongoing GLORIA-AF registry on use of dabigatran in AF show low rates of major bleeding and stroke, and long-term safety data are consistent with other real-world and RCT evidence.

Self-applied ECG patch improves the rate of AF diagnosis

Presented at ACC.18 by Steven Steinhubl (La Jolla, CA, USA)

News - Mar. 11, 2018

ACC 2018 In the digital mSToPS trial using patient-generated data, a wearable ECG patch improved the rate of AF diagnosis at 1 year compared to routine care.

Catheter ablation improves mortality and morbidity in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation

Literature - Feb. 13, 2018 - Marrouche NF, et al. - N Engl J Med 2018
Catheter ablation is associated with a lower mortality and morbidity rate compared to  medical therapy in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Catheter ablation is associated with a lower mortality and morbidity rate compared to medical therapy in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Differential associations seen between Lp(a) levels and stroke, depending on AF-status

Literature - Jan. 9, 2018 - Aronis KN et al., - J Am Heart Assoc. 2017

In a prospective community-based cohort, Lp(a) ≥50 mg/dL was associated with higher stroke risk in those without AF, but not in those with AF, nor with an elevated risk of AF.

New onset and paroxysmal AF increase the risk of adverse outcomes in HF

Literature - Dec. 6, 2017 - Mogensen UM et al. - J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017

In heart failure patients with a reduced EF, paroxysmal AF and new onset AF were associated with a greater risk of adverse outcomes, including HF hospitalization and stroke, but not mortality.

First FDA clearance for medical device accessory for smartwatch

News - Dec. 4, 2017

KardiaBand evaluates heart rate and physical activity, and instantly pushes notifications to take an EKG, which can be recorded in 30 second with its integrated sensor.