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PE rare in patients with syncope

Pulmonary embolism was prevalent in less than 1% of patients presenting to the ED with syncope, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Atrial Fibrillation and Cause‐Specific Risks of Pulmonary Embolism and Ischemic Stroke

Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a well‐established risk factor for ischemic stroke (IS). Emerging evidence also indicates an association between AF and pulmonary embolism (PE). Because IS may potentially mediate the observed risk of PE in AF, we aimed to assess the impact of AF on the ...

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Cardiac Arrest Survival Lower on Nights, Weekends

While overall survival for in-hospital cardiac arrest has improved, patients who arrest during nights or weekends continue to experience lower survival compared to patients who arrest during daytime hours, according to a study published Jan. 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology .

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Can a smartwatch save your life?

... or too low - bradycardia) as well as disturbances of rhythm (arrhythmias). Consumer HR monitors are making claims that they can identify arrhythmias such as Atrial Fibrillation (AF) where the heart beats irregularly. If found early and treated with blood thinning drugs, this can reduce the risk of strokes.” ...

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Epsom cardiologist and nurse diagnose heart problems in The Ashley Centre

A local doctor and nurse gave up their holiday time to offer free ECG health checks to Ashley Centre shoppers. They teamed-up with Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group (ASG) on Wednesday January 10 to raise awareness around strokes and help prevent them.

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LAA closure cuts risk of thromboembolism in AFib patients

Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure at the time of cardiac surgery may reduce the risk of thromboembolism in older patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to an observational study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. AFib, the most common sustained arrhythmia, has ...

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Left atrial concomitant surgical ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation in cardiac surgery

Introduction Surgical ablation is a generally established treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing concomitant cardiac surgery. Left atrial (LA) lesion set for ablation is a simplified procedure suggested to reduce the surgery time and morbidity after procedure. The present meta-analysis aims ...

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'Every time I even take a breath, I'm thankful for all of them'

Immediately, at least 10 of her co-workers set to work taking turns delivering CPR and care through one of the school's automated external defibrillators. For 12 long minutes, they watched — and prayed — as they fought for her life. “It's all a blur really,” said Travis Herb, a physical education teacher who ...

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Oregon Man Saved by Quick CPR and Use of AED by Coworker After Cardiac Arrest

Andy's heart didn't experience any muscle damage due to the cardiac arrest, something doctors attributed to the fast actions of bystanders initiating CPR and using the AED. The emotional toll of the incident was more difficult, Andy said, because he still doesn't know what caused his cardiac arrest.

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Survival From In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Improves But Still Worse on Nights and Weekends

Response: Patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrest at nights and during weekends (off-hours) are known to have lower rates of survival to hospital discharge, compared to their counterparts who have cardiac arrest during the daytime on weekdays (on-hours). Since overall survival to hospital ...

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