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Individuals with spinal cord injury have an increased prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing, which may increase their risk for stroke, according to a study published in Neurology. “People with spinal cord injury have alarming rates of stroke, and we wanted to understand why,” said Aaron...
People living with cancer and cancer survivors are more likely to die from stroke than the general public, according to a study published in Nature Communications. The study showed that compared with the general population, people who have or have had cancer are more than twice as likely to...
Elevated levels of 2 biomarkers, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23), could help identify atrial fibrillation in patients presenting with the following 3 clinical risk factors: older age, male sex and high body mass index (BMI), according to a study published in...
Catheter ablation was superior to conventional drug therapy alone for patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure, according to a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Catheter ablation is an established therapeutic strategy for...
For the first time, emergency department (ED) physicians have evidence-based recommendations on how best manage patients with syncope. New research published in Circulation suggests that low-risk patients can be safely sent home by a physician after spending 2 hours in the ED, and medium-...
Patients with breast cancer may have an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published in HeartRhythm. The retrospective study found that women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing AF within 3 years following their cancer diagnosis...
The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee (PRAC) has recommended a suspension in Europe of fenspiride medicines, used in children and adults to relieve cough caused by lung diseases. As a precaution and while a review is ongoing, healthcare professionals should advise their patients to stop...
The majority of triggers for atrial fibrillation (AF) events are easily modifiable lifestyle choices, according to a study published in HeartRhythm. “Almost all [previous] AF studies have to do with risk factors for the initial development of the disease,” said Gregory Marcus, MD,...
The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Heart Rhythm Society have updated their 2014 guidelines on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation. Published in Circulation, the new guidelines include revisions to the sections on anticoagulation, catheter...
Combining a wealth of information derived from previous studies with data from more than 500 patients, researchers have developed a computer-based set of rules that more accurately predicts when patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) may or may not benefit from...

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