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.

Study Questions the Safety of Common Procedure for Treating Atrial Fibrillation

Mortality rates are found to be higher at medical centers that perform fewer catheter ablations than larger hospitals.

Experts Advise on Blood Thinner Use in Patients with Kidney Disease and AFib

Experts recommend an individualized approach for stroke prevention treatment.

Study Identifies Optimal Blood Thinners for Bone Health

Newer blood thinners may carry a lower risk for broken bones in elderly adults with abnormal heart rhythm.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

New Drugs Offer Better Treatment Options for Patients with AFib and Liver Disease

Study confirms safety and efficacy of new drugs in liver patients with an abnormal heart rhythm.

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Mobile App Helps Detect Abnormal Heart Rhythm in Apple Watch Users

Smartwatch helps flag users with possible AFib and prompts them to seek further testing, finds Stanford study.
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Low-Carb Diet Tied to Common Heart Rhythm Disorder

Study suggests using caution when restricting carbohydrates for weight loss due to atrial fibrillation concern.

Strong Evidence Links Irregular Heart Rhythm to Dementia

Experts explore the link between atrial fibrillation and cognitive impairment, as well as opportunities for treatment and prevention.

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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.