More than one million artificial pacemakers are implanted in patients across the globe annually due to abnormal heart rhythms. The devices are placed in the chest or abdomen, using electrical … Continue Reading Biological pacemakers produced from human fat cells.
Congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS), affecting approximately 1 in 2000 people, is a heritable cardiac disease where patients are at an increased risk for LQTS-triggered seizures, and sudden cardiac arrest … Continue Reading Researchers identify genetic link between a rare heart disorder and an increased risk of seizures.
Sudden cardiac death is one of the leading causes of death in Western countries and cardiac arrhythmias have been reported as the cause in many cases. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs … Continue Reading Gene implicated in sudden cardiac death identified by ICD monitoring.
The average heart beats 35 million times a year, 2.5 billion times over a lifetime. Those beats must be precisely calibrated; even a small divergence from the metronomic rhythm can … Continue Reading Researchers identify protein responsible for keeping the heart beating on time.
Patients with atrial fibrillation who take the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) are at greater risk for major bleeding and gastrointestinal bleeding than those who take warfarin, according to a new … Continue Reading Higher risk of GI, major bleeding in Atrial Fibrillation patients taking Pradaxa (Dabigatran).