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Blood-thinning drugs 'can reduce risk of dementia by up to 48%'

Blood-thinning drugs could protect against dementia and stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat, research suggests.

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New implantable heart monitor shares data with patient's smartphone

Consumers can buy an Apple Watch that comes embedded with four optical heart-rate sensors that are currently being tested in a 500,000-person clinical trial to see how well the device can detect signs of atrial fibrillation, a heartbeat disorder that affects the heart's upper chambers. The FDA has also ...

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Saving lives and money – new tool launched to support commissioners to tackle AF

This resource developed by Imperial College Health Partners aims to support commissioners to estimate the cost of not identifying and treating patients with AF, as well as the potential savings of new treatment interventions. The model uses published data of primary care performance, QOF targets and prevalence estimates to identify optimal goals for AF management, help commissioners to create realistic business plans for treating the condition. It helps users to estimate the budget impact of interventions within a CCG or AHSN footprint, and a model for Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) footprints will follow shortly.

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Arrhythmia Alliance December e-news

Happy Christmas - Read this months e-News for view all the highlights of 2017!

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Health: Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

My Lords, audit data shows that around half of patients with known atrial fibrillation who have a stroke have not received anti-coagulation treatment before their stroke. Figures for last year show that this varies from 25% in some clinical commissioning group areas to almost 100% in others. More than ...

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Patients with atrial fibrillation at greater risk of death in rural hospitals than urban hospitals

“Since we have identified rural hospitals as locations where in-hospital mortality for atrial fibrillation admission is possibly higher than other areas of the country, our findings will drive future research endeavors to uncover the reasons for this difference, and to develop strategies to improve the medical ...

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Importance of knowing your pulse rhythm

A KNOW Your Pulse event was held at Farnham Hospital on November 22 to raise awareness of undiagnosed irregular heart rhythm.

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Do you know the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and can cause death within minutes if the victim isn't treated. While the two heart conditions are different, they are linked as a sudden cardiac arrest can occur after a heart attack – or during recovery.

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1 in 5 NBA players have heart scans that appear abnormal, study reveals

'Basketball players may be playing longer, but we have shown that players do develop significant changes with exercise,' David Engel, lead author of the study which was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Study: eating cheese prevents strokes

They found people who ate small amounts of cheese daily had better heart health than people who abstained or ate it rarely. For people who ate lots of cheese on a daily basis, researchers found a 14 percent reduction in the chances of developing coronary heart disease as well as a 10 percent lower ...

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