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.

Reducing Salt Intake, Nationwide

Experts identify ways to reduce salt consumption and improve heart health in the United States.

'Exercise Snacking': The Latest Health Trend?

Adding small bursts of exercise before meals could bring big health benefits, finds study.

Olive Oil Helps Prevent Irregular Heartbeat

Adopting a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil may reduce risk for atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heart rhythm in the United States.

Growing Use of ICDs to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

More patients may be eligible to receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, according to a scientific statement released by the American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association.

Treating Heart Failure Patients with an Abnormal Heart Rhythm

Adding aspirin to a treatment regimen does more harm than good for heart failure patients with atrial fibrillation.

Some Physical Activity is Better Than None

Adults engaging in any level of regular physical activity have lower risk of death compared to those who get no exercise, according to research.
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Stumbling Block in Attempt to Reduce Risk of Complications from Surgery

Aspirin and blood-pressure lowering medication fail to improve outcomes in surgical patients at risk for heart disease.

Secondhand Smoke Causes Permanent Damage to Children's Arteries

Exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood ages arteries later in life, study finds.

Sudden Death in College Athletes: Cause for Concern?

Ten-year study finds risk of sudden cardiac death among college athletes is actually lower than in the general population.

Safety Concerns About Prescription Weight Loss Pills

Experts are concerned about the safety of two weight loss pills recently approved for use in the United States.

Improvements in Heart Patient Safety Among U.S. Hospitals

Study finds fewer complications among patients hospitalized for heart attack or heart failure between 2005 and 2011.

Atrial Fibrillation Doubles Heart Attack Risk

Study finds atrial fibrillation increases risk for heart attack, especially in women and blacks.

Anti-Smoking Efforts Saved 8 Million Lives—and Counting

On the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health, study finds tobacco control efforts have increased life expectancy and saved millions of American lives.

Multivitamins Fail to Improve Memory in Older Men

Study findings suggest that daily multivitamins fail to prevent cognitive decline in older adults.

Energy Drinks Increase the Heart's Contraction Rate

Study suggests that energy drinks may be unsafe for children and individuals with existing heart conditions, like an irregular heartbeat.

Nut Consumption Linked to Longevity

Study finds that regular consumption of nuts could lower risk of death by as much as 20%.
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It's Easier to Lose Weight with Family and Friends, Study Finds

Weight loss interventions in social networks are more effective than standard care.
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Preschoolers Learn Heart-Healthy Lessons with 'Sesame Street'

Study finds heart-health messages in “Sesame Street” promote healthier behavior in preschool children.

Sudden Cardiac Death Rare in Women

Study finds that sports-related sudden cardiac death is much lower in women compared to men.

Flu Shot Curbs Cardiovascular Risk

The seasonal flu shot is life-saving for patients at high risk for heart disease.

Risks of Atrial Fibrillation Procedure Vary by Hospital

Risk of complications from catheter ablation is low among AFib patients, but varies between doctors and hospitals, according to a recent study.

Tour de France Riders Live Longer, Study Finds

Elite cyclists live longer and have lower risk of death compared to average adults.

Registry Program Sheds Light on Quality of Care

A report on data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry highlights success stories and areas of improvement in cardiovascular care.

Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Low Among High School Athletes

Study urges against widespread screenings to help prevent sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

Does It Cost More to Eat Healthy?

Increased food costs discourage adults from adhering to blood pressure-lowering diet, according to a recent study.

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