Atrial Fibrillation Also called: AF, Afib

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about atrial fibrillation. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

One-Third of Atrial Fibrillation Patients Not Getting Optimal Treatment

Study finds one in three AFib patients are not receiving recommended blood thinners to reduce risk of stroke.

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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

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Yoga Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Yoga should be offered as complementary therapy, argue experts.

Study Highlights the Need to Improve Education on Atrial Fibrillation

Study participants’ levels of education were closely related to their AFib treatment decisions.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

Cardiac Rehab is Lifesaving for Heart Patients

Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.

Heart Disease Remains Top Killer in the United States

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.

A Healthy Lifestyle is Key to Prevention and Management of AFib

Simple lifestyle choices can go a long way toward feeling your best with atrial fibrillation.

Sex Differences in Blood Thinner Treatment for AFib

Despite the drug’s benefits, women are less likely to receive optimal dose of dabigatran.

Declines in U.S. Death Rates Have Slowed

Researchers measure progress on heart disease and other leading causes of death, and identify areas for improvement.

Low-Fat Diets Not the Best Weight Loss Solution

A review of more than 50 clinical trials comparing low- versus higher-fat diets shows no significant difference in weight loss results.

Botox Prevents Abnormal Heart Rhythm After Open Heart Surgery

Botox injections help prevent surgery complications for atrial fibrillation patients.

African-American Veterans Healthier Than White Counterparts

Analysis of VA data stands in contrast to health disparities in the general U.S. population.

A Healthy Lifestyle in Midlife Makes for Healthier Golden Years

The benefits of healthy choices carry long into older adulthood.

Music Boosts Heart Health

Music’s effect on heart activity, blood pressure and breathing bodes well for health.

Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier, Lives

While life expectancy continues to rise, heart disease becomes the leading cause of disability around the world.

Deep Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Study finds that both volume and type of belly fat have an impact on heart health.

Age and Gender Differences in Heart Disease Mortality Rates

Despite recent drops in cardiovascular mortality rates, death toll among young adults remains high.

Economic and Social Forces Have Big Impact on Heart Health

The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement addressing social factors that influence risk for heart disease.

Enlarged Heart Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

The largest study of its kind confirms that an enlarged heart increases risk for a common condition involving an irregular heartbeat.

Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Moderate chocolate consumption helps, not harms, cardiovascular health.

Action, Not Advice, Helps Smokers Quit

Creating a quit plan and providing tools for ongoing support is more effective than education alone in helping smokers quit.

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