Posts Tagged ‘AF’

February 2nd, 2012

Study Explores Role of Periprocedural Dabigatran in AF Ablation

As dabigatran becomes more widely used in AF patients, electrophysiologists are trying to figure out how to handle anticoagulation in patients taking the drug and for whom AF ablation is planned. In a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy and colleagues report on a multicenter, observational study of 290 patients […]

January 20th, 2012

Subclinical Atrial Fibrillation and the Risk of Stroke: An Interview


A NEJM editorial fellow interviews a NEJM editorialist about subclinical AF and the risk of stroke.

January 11th, 2012

ASSERT Sheds Light on the Role of Subclinical AF in Stroke

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine sheds some much-needed light on the precise role of subclinical atrial fibrillation (AF) in the prognosis and development of ischemic stroke. ASSERT (Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Evaluation in Pacemaker Patients and the Atrial Fibrillation Reduction Atrial Pacing Trial) followed 2580 patients with a newly implanted pacemaker or ICD […]

December 14th, 2011

Study Examines New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation After TAVI

The broad enthusiasm for TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) as it enters the marketplace has been partially offset by concerns about an increased risk for stroke associated with the procedure. The role of one major cause of stroke, atrial fibrillation (AF), has not been the subject of close scrutiny. Now a study from Quebec, published in […]

November 14th, 2011

PALLAS Intrigue: What Role Remains for Dronedarone?

John Mandrola, Eric Prystowsky, and Sanjay Kaul weigh in on PALLAS and the present and future of Multaq.

November 14th, 2011

PALLAS: Poor Results for Dronedarone in Permanent AF

After a brief announcement earlier this year that the trial had been terminated early, the full results of PALLAS  (Permanent Atrial Fibrillation Outcomes Study Using Dronedarone on Top of Standard Therapy) have now been presented at the AHA and  published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine. PALLAS shows that dronedarone (Multaq, Sanofi) should not be used in patients […]

October 10th, 2011

TTOP-AF Trial Proves Efficacy of RF Ablation System, But Not Safety

A new trial demonstrates that an investigational RF ablation system is more effective than medical management in treating persistent AF, but the trial failed to meet a key predefined safety goal. At the Venice Arrhythmias 2011 conference, Lucas Boersma presented the results of the TTOP-AF (Tailored Treatment of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation) trial, in which 210 patients […]

September 22nd, 2011

Dronedarone (Multaq) Gets Another Drubbing in Europe

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended new restrictions on dronedarone (Multaq), Sanofi’s embattled and controversial antiarrhythmic drug. CHMP says that dronedarone should only be used for maintaining sinus rhythm in patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF after successful cardioversion. The drug should no longer be used in […]

July 7th, 2011

Dronedarone (Multaq) Study for Permanent AF Stopped Early

The PALLAS trial of dronedarone (Multaq) for permanent AF has been stopped early, according to a press release issued by Sanofi. PALLAS (Permanent Atrial fibriLLAtion outcome Study using Dronedarone on top of standard therapy) was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase IIIb trial of dronedarone in patients with permanent AF. The company said the discontinuation of the trial […]

May 24th, 2011

New-Onset AF Linked to Increase in Death and CV Events in Women

In the Women’s Health Study, which followed nearly 35,000 women for more than 15 years, mortality was significantly higher in the 1011 women who developed AF than in the women who did not, according to a report by David Conen and colleagues published in JAMA. Here are the incidence rates (per 1000 person-years of follow-up) for […]