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.

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Opioids May Increase Risk for Abnormal Heart Rhythm

Study adds to growing concerns about prescription opioid use and heart health.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

Is the Future of Heart Health Mobile?

Smartphone apps and wearable devices show great promise for the prevention and management of heart disease, but time will tell.

Coffee and Tea are Safe for Patients with Abnormal Heart Rhythm

Experts find a lack of evidence to support concerns about caffeine and abnormal heart rhythm.

Smartwatch Accurately Detects Irregular Heart Rhythm

Wristband and mobile app can identify an AFib episode and potentially spare patients unnecessary treatments.

AFib Treatment Changes Over Time as Stroke Risk Increases

Patients with an irregular heart rhythm should revisit treatment options regularly, study suggests.

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

Moderate Drinking Lowers Risk of Heart Failure

An Italian study links up to two glasses of wine a day to reduced risk for heart failure.

Weight Loss and Exercise are Critical for Obese Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Experts stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle for preventing and treating a common heart rhythm problem.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Keep the Mind Intact

Experts provide simple yet effective strategies for protecting cognitive health as we age.

Patients with AFib Can Prevent Heart Failure with a Few Key Choices

Preventing four modifiable risk factors helps patients with atrial fibrillation reduce risk for heart failure.

New Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

Working Long Hours Increases Risk for Abnormal Heart Rhythm

European study finds working more than 55 hours a week increases risk for atrial fibrillation.

Chocolate Consumption Protects Against Irregular Heart Rhythm

Study suggests that chocolate may ward off atrial fibrillation.

Women with Atrial Fibrillation Suffer Worse Strokes than Men

Stroke prevention is especially critical in women with an abnormal heart rhythm, finds study.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Complications from AFib Procedure are More Common in Women than Men

Women with atrial fibrillation are more likely to experience complications after catheter ablation than men, but there is a silver lining to these findings.

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.

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