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Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation
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Resource for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others treating A-Fib

Resource for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others treating A-Fib | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

'Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation' is a resource for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and other medical professionals who treat and assist A-Fib patients. Everyday you help your patients in their journey to find their cure or best outcome. 'Caring for the Patient' helps you with news on Atrial Fibrillation issues, emerging treatments, and research findings (with a little light-heartedness added in along the way.)

Check back often. Or copy this RSS feed address and paste into your reader: http://www scoop.it/t/the-a-fib-patient/rss.xml (our RSS URL).

 

'Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation' is curated by Steve S. Ryan, PhD, publisher of the non-profit patient education website, 'Atrial Fibrillation: Resources for Patients' (www.A-Fib.com) , and author of the new book, 'Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure' (www.BeatYourA-Fib.com) both written in plain language for the non-medical reader.

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Weight Loss Helps Afib Patients Control Symptoms - Heart Health Center

Weight Loss Helps Afib Patients Control Symptoms - Heart Health Center | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it
People with atrial fibrillation who lost over 30 pounds had fewer and shorter afib episodes, finds a new study.

 

.. Losing weight makes a difference for people managing the irregular heartbeat of atrial fibrillation, or afib, finds an Australian clinical trial published today in JAMA, and a U.S. expert agrees.

In a study of 150 afib patients who were also overweight or obese, researchers provided either weight management or general lifestyle advice. All of the patients got intensive management of cardiometabolic risk factors — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and sleep apnea, as well as alcohol use and smoking.

The study was conducted by Prashanthan Sanders, PhD, at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, and also presented at the American Heart Association AHA meeting in Dallas this week.

 

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:59 PM

Being overweight probably puts more strain on your heart, exasperating your Atrial Fibrillation. Weight-loss helps many conditions.

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Retinal Damage Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

Retinal Damage Linked to Atrial Fibrillation | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Microvessel disease in retina and kidneys are independently and interactively associated with higher risk of atrial fibrillation according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's 2013 Scientific Sessions, held from Nov. 16–19 in Dallas.

 

Sunil K. Agarwal, MBBS, MPH, PhD, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues examined the association between micro-vessel abnormalities in the retina and kidneys and atrial fibrillation in 10,009 middle-aged adults....

 

...During an average follow-up of 13.6 years, the researchers observed that 1,100 adults developed atrial fibrillation. Read more..

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ER visits for A-fib: 70% of the time result in Hospitalization

ER visits for A-fib:  70% of the time result in Hospitalization | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

(HealthDay)—Nationwide, 69 percent of emergency department visits for atrial fibrillation (AF) result in hospitalization, with patient- and hospital-level factors affecting hospitalization, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Atrial Fibrillation is not initially life-threatening, so why so many E. R. hospitalizations? When diagnosed in your doctor's office (often during a routine exam) you aren't rushed off to hospital. No wonder health costs are high.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:29 PM

Atrial Fibrillation is not initially life-threatening, so why so many E. R. hospitalizations? When diagnosed in your doctor's office (often during a routine exam) you aren't rushed off to hospital. No wonder health costs are high.

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Number of restless leg movements during sleep may predict AFib progression

Number of restless leg movements during sleep may predict AFib progression | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it
Number of restless leg movements during sleep may predict AFib progression Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network In their study, 205 patients with more than 35 leg movements per hour were more likely (odds ratio, 1.88) to experience progression...
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More Americans Living Longer With Cardiovascular Disease Will Increase Costs While Lowering Quality Of Life

More Americans Living Longer With Cardiovascular Disease Will Increase Costs While Lowering Quality Of Life | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

In the past several decades, some risk factors for cardiovascular disease have improved, while others have worsened. For example, smoking rates have dropped and treatment rates for cardiovascular disease have increased—factors that have made the disease less fatal. At the same time, Americans’ average body mass index and incidence of diabetes have increased as the population continues to live longer—factors that have made cardiovascular disease more prevalent. To assess the aggregate impact of these opposing trends... .Read the abstract for their findings. 

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While cardiac disease is the the leading cause of death in the US, this article indicates that obesity will be an increasing health factor for our aging population.

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VIDEO: Google Glass Delivers New Insight During Surgery | ucsf.edu

VIDEO: Google Glass Delivers New Insight During Surgery | ucsf.edu | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Technology has offered vast improvements to that process and a new technology gadget, the Google Glass, is taking that a giant step further.  

Google Glass, a 1.8-ounce computer configured like a pair of eyeglasses, already is gaining popularity in the medical world as a teaching tool, recording surgeries from the surgeon’s point of view and live-streaming that view to colleagues or students.

 

Pierre Theodore dons the Google Glass while performing thoracic surgery.

 

The Google Glass allows Pierre Theodore to reference CT or X-ray images without having to turn away from his patient during surgery.

  

...While wearing the Google Glass, data on the “screen” appears in the wearer’s peripheral vision, Gross explained... Read more...

 

 

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Howie Mandel Challenges People To Learn The Fibs And Facts About Atrial ... - Wall Street Journal

Howie Mandel Challenges People To Learn The Fibs And Facts About Atrial ... - Wall Street Journal | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it
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People who have an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem may not know the facts about the condition. About the Fibs or Facts Campaign

 ... Fibs or Facts is an educational campaign from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer to help people learn the fibs and facts about AFib not caused by a heart valve problem and its associated increased risk of stroke....Read more...

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Dr Portnay blog: new Caffeine and Atrial Fibrillation study results

Dr Portnay blog: new Caffeine and Atrial Fibrillation study results | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

As I lover of coffee, I read a recent report of the lack of connection between atrial fibrillation and caffeine with much relief. Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent sustained malignant heart rhythm in adults and a leading cause of stroke. 
Two recent studies were published evaluating over 115,000 patients...

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's insight:

Some A-Fib patients report that coffee is a trigger for their A-fib episodes. Bottomline: patients need to test their sensitivity - stop all caffeine for a couple weeks, then introduce one caffeine product for a few days to see the results. Keep a journal.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 29, 2013 12:39 AM

Some A-Fib patients report that coffee is a trigger for their A-fib episodes. Bottomline: test your sensitivity for yourself - stop all caffeine for a couple weeks, then introduce one caffeine product for a few days to see the results. Keep a journal.

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VIDEO: How and Why Your Patients Should Learn to Take Their Pulse

VIDEO: How and Why Your Patients Should Learn to Take Their Pulse | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

VIDEO: Know Your Pulse; short video on why and how to take your pulse. From the Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A), 1:56 From the Arhythmia Alliance.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 26, 2013 7:09 PM

A simple task could identify a life altering arrhythmia.

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Personalised management of atrial fibrillation in the future will reduce the associated excess mortality

Personalised management of atrial fibrillation in the future will reduce the associated excess mortality | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Personalised management is the only way to close the mortality gap for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to an ESC consensus paper presented at ESC Congress 2013 by Professor Paulus Kirchhof (UK).

 

..."There is still plenty of room to improve the management of AF even if we apply all the evidence based therapies currently available - for example the new oral anticoagulants have improved mortality by just 5-10%. And every fourth patient with AF is admitted to hospital at least once a year due to AF, which illustrates the high morbidity and healthcare costs associated with the disease." Read more...

 

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:41 PM

You should demand personalized treatment for your Atrial Fibrillation. One-size does NOT fit all. You don't have to live a life on meds. Seek your cure. read more at A-Fib.com

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The Fear of Going Too Hard - Atrial Fibrillation Running

The Fear of Going Too Hard - Atrial Fibrillation Running | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it
One big difference between running in persistent atrial fibrillation and normal sinus rhythm is that, for me anyway, there is a lot of apprehension about over-doing it. The days of charging up a hi...
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Read "A Fib Runner: A blog about atrial fibrillation and trail running, ultra running, mountain biking, and other endurance sports"

 at http://afibrunner.wordpress.com/

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Best price ever! I don't know how long it will last, but Amazon.com has my book for $13.57 --- that's 60% off ($32.95 retail). ORDER TODAY! Give the gift of peace of mind --- knowing that Atrial Fibrillation can be CURED!

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:34 PM

The best price ever! I don't know how long it will last, but Amazon.com has my book for $13.57 --- that's 60% off ($32.95 retail). Give the gift that gives peace of mind --- knowing that Atrial Fibrillation can be CURED!

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Pediatric Atrial Fibrillation, Although Rare, Has Risk of Serious Complications and High Recurrence Rates

Pediatric Atrial Fibrillation, Although Rare, Has Risk of Serious Complications and High Recurrence Rates | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Atrial fibrillation (AF), characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat, is the most common chronic arrhythmia in adults, but is rare in children.

 

In one of the first studies of pediatric “lone AF” (AF without associated heart disease), researchers found a nearly 40% recurrence rate and that AF in the young is accompanied by substantial symptoms. Three patients had significant complications: one with a stroke and two with substantially impaired heart function. The researchers’ findings are published in the October issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.


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Specific Heart Contractions Could Predict Atrial Fibrillation - UCSF

Specific Heart Contractions Could Predict Atrial Fibrillation - UCSF | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

In a study to be published in the Dec. 3 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers discovered that patients who have more premature atrial contractions (PACs) detected by a routine 24-hour Holter monitor have a substantially higher risk for atrial fibrillation. Read more...

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Nursing Professor Looks to Connect More Nurses to Research

Nursing Professor Looks to Connect More Nurses to Research | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by Peter James, The Prince George Citizen

 

...While going about their regular duties, often nurses will come across clinical situations that require further study and Banner-Lukaris wants to help equip them with the skills to be able to conduct those research projects.

 

Banner-Lukaris was recently awarded the cardiovascular research nursing excellence award from the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses in part because of the webinars she's conducted with nurses across the region about the research possibilities that exist for nurses who are engaged in practice.

 

In the webinars, Banner-Lukaris teaches nurses the basics about how to get involved in medical research, from how to review a journal article, to tips for preparing literature reviews to how to build connections with research institutes. Read more... http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20131113/PRINCEGEORGE0101/311139990/-1/princegeorge0101/prof-looks-to-connect-more-nurses-to-research ;

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:51 PM

Those who work most closely with patients my bring unique perspectives to research efforts.

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VIDEO: Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: Advances and Controversies | dukecardiologyfellows

VIDEO: Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: Advances and Controversies | dukecardiologyfellows | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

VIDEO: Dr. Tristram Bahnson, Professor of Medicine and Director of Duke Center for Atrial Fibrillation, provides an overview and discusses future directions for the care of patients with atrial fibrillation. 50 min.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73yxIxR8enw&feature=player_embedded

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Don't be put off by the length of this video. Dr. Tristram Bahnson is an excellent speaker. While his photos and illustrations are visible on the video, you can't read his PowerPoint slides (no great loss).

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Increase in the Number of Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees Linked to Lower Rates of Postsurgery Mortality

Increase in the Number of Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees Linked to Lower Rates of Postsurgery Mortality | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

An Institute of Medicine report has called for registered nurses

to achieve higher levels of education ...Using Pennsylvania nurse

survey and patient discharge data from 1999 and 2006, we found that a

ten-point increase in the percentage of nurses holding a baccalaureate

degree in nursing within a hospital was associated with an average

reduction of 2.12 deaths for every 1,000 patients.... Read more...

 http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/aaccprograms/health/Documents/Health%20Aff-2013-Kutney-Lee-579-86.pdf

 

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3D hearts: Medicine’s next big thing?

3D hearts: Medicine’s next big thing? | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Stents, balloons, artificial valves. Today, there are more life-saving heart devices than ever, but a new discovery is taking cardiovascular innovations to the next level. Now, scientists have created a 3D heart that’s one-of-a-kind.

Every year, half a million Americans will have some type of heart surgery.

Researchers at Stanford University are printing 3D models that are an exact replica of a patient’s heart.

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Reflecting on the development of E-Health and participatory medicine

Reflecting on the development of E-Health and participatory medicine | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

There has been a quiet but steady movement in the healthcare industry for about 10 years or so now, which is only going to continue to grow and expand. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, it is absolutely the wave of the future in Western healthcare and medicine, in my view. 

 

It’s called e-health, and it means what the term implies: healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication. Whether we like it or not, technology, the Internet, and social media are here to stay. It is, without question, the functional foundation of our entire society, and our healthcare system is certainly no different.


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rob halkes's curator insight, November 8, 2013 5:54 AM

Ehealth, participatory health and .. integrated care: a long way to go still. Here's a cry out for a specific case..

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Health eHeart: New Research Study aims to end Heart Disease - You can help!

Health eHeart: New Research Study aims to end Heart Disease - You can help! | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is leading a new research study, the Health eHeart Study, aimed at ending the #1 killer, heart disease . The study will look at many different heart conditions, including atrial fibrillation.

 

Join! You can help in this initiative to learn how health and habits affect heart disease. You do NOT have to have a heart condition to participate, so your FRIENDS and FAMILY members are WELCOME to participate as well. Learn more...

 

See the short video at Watch “Health eHeart study http://www.health-eheartstudy.org/

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The study is lead by our friend, cardiac electrophysiologist Jeffrey Olgin, MD, chief of the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:51 PM

The study is lead by our friend, cardiac electrophysiologist Jeffrey Olgin, MD, chief of the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

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'Surviving American Medicine: How to Find the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, Right Treatment with Today's Health Care' by Dr. Cary Presant

'Surviving American Medicine: How to Find the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, Right Treatment with Today's Health Care' by Dr. Cary Presant | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

'Surviving American Medicine: How to Find the Right Doctor, Right Hospital, Right Treatment with Today's Health Care' by Dr. Cary Presant:

 

Read the newest review on Amazon.com: "Excellent reference. Do you know how to get the most of every doctor visit? How to maneuver through the many Medicare choices? Or how to challenge an insurance claim rejection?  Dr. Presant takes you by the hand and leads you through the maze of the medical system. " Read more... 

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 26, 2013 7:06 PM

Written by our new friend, onologist Cary Presant, MD. His book is a great companion to my own book, Beat Your A-Fib.

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Boston Scientific to Pay $30 Million in Healthcare Fraud Case re: Defective Implantable Defibrillators

Boston Scientific to Pay $30 Million in Healthcare Fraud Case re: Defective Implantable Defibrillators | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

The Department of Justice announced last week that Boston Scientific Corp. and Guidant, a subsidiary of the company, will pay $30 million to settle allegations that it sold defective implantable defibrillators to health care facilities, who then implanted them in Medicare patients. These devices are used to treat individuals who are at risk of cardiac arrest due to an irregular heartbeat. Read more...

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Blood Thinners Home Testing for AFib Patients

Blood Thinners Home Testing for AFib Patients | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

If you or someone you know is on blood thinners and tired of traveling to a clinic for a clotting time test, you may be relieved to learn about a much more convenient option: testing yourself at home, on your fingertip.

 

The traditional way to get a PT/INR test is to have your blood drawn at a clinic or doctor’s office and sent to a lab, which may take several days. Now, however, there’s Patient Self-Testing (PST). You can test at home, at work or wherever you happen to be, right on your fingertip. You simply prick your finger, place a drop of blood on a test strip and wait about a minute for a small handheld meter to give you the result. Read more...

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Maintenance of proper dosage of most blood thinners require monthly testing, which can be a drag. PST may help patients be more consistent with their testing.

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Steve S Ryan, PhD's curator insight, October 20, 2013 4:49 PM

Maintenance of proper dosage of most blood thinners require monthly testing, which can be a drag. PST may help patients be more consistent with their testing.

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Customer Reviews of 'Beat Your A-Fib' on Amazon.com

Customer Reviews of 'Beat Your A-Fib' on Amazon.com | Caring for the Patient with Atrial Fibrillation | Scoop.it

Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure: Written in everyday language for patients with Atrial Fibrillation at Amazon.com.


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Read the newest customer review by Tristine whose father has A-Fib. go to:  http://www.amazon.com/review/R14ZWW1GVQKEBU/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0984951407&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

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