Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Atrial Fibrillation http://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/afib/condition-rss Atrial Fibrillation en-us Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:50:14 UTC Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:50:14 UTC Direct Oral Anticoagulants for Afib: Peaks, Troughs, and Risks http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-afib-peaks-troughs-and-risks Most clinicians deem treatment response variability among direct oral anticoagulants—which include direct thrombin inhibitors and factor Xa inhibitors—clinically insignificant. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:00:00 UTC Anticoagulant Risk-Benefit Analysis for Traveling Afib Patients http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/anticoagulant-risk-benefit-analysis-for-traveling-afib-patients With the increase in the number of patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or needing stroke prevention treatment, roughly 3 million Americans currently take warfarin, while a lesser number takes direct oral agents. Tue, 08 Dec 2015 04:09:00 UTC Afib Patients Given Novel Oral Anticoagulant See Shorter Hospital Stays http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/afib-patients-given-novel-oral-anticoagulant-see-shorter-hospital-stays Although warfarin is time-tested, the use of novel oral anticoagulants are a topic of interest to improve health outcomes in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 02:00:00 UTC Afib Treatment Benefits from Patient Self-Management http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/afib-treatment-benefits-from-patient-self-management Patient self-management is an emerging anticoagulation delivery model that capitalizes on patients' willingness for in-depth warfarin education to help treat their atrial fibrillation. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 03:00:00 UTC Oral Anticoagulants for Afib: Which Decision Aids Work Best? http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/oral-anticoagulants-for-afib-which-decision-aids-work-best Health care providers walk a tightrope when they employ oral anticoagulants in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 03:00:00 UTC Weekend Admission Doesn't Affect Afib Care http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/weekend-admission-doesnt-affect-afib-care Contrary to the findings of a previous study, patients with atrial fibrillation who are admitted to the hospital on the weekend face no greater risks than those admitted on a weekday. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:00:00 UTC How Community Pharmacists Can Screen for Atrial Fibrillation http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/how-community-pharmacists-can-screen-for-atrial-fibrillation When a screening program is proposed, policymakers have some questions: does screening improve detection of the target diagnosis; is systematic screening better than opportunistic identification? Tue, 11 Aug 2015 02:00:00 UTC NOAC Prescriptions: What Pharmacists Need to Know http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/noac-prescriptions-what-pharmacists-need-to-know Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are increasingly being prescribed to prevent and treat venous thromboembolism and avert stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:00:00 UTC Bridging Raises Bleeding Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Patients on Warfarin http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/Bridging-Raises-Bleeding-Risk-in-Atrial-Fibrillation-Patients-on-Warfarin A practice-changing study suggests bridging anticoagulation does more harm than good in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients treated with warfarin. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:42:00 UTC Medication Adherence After ACS Slightly Improving http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/ACS/Medication-Adherence-After-ACS-Slightly-Improving Studies have reported that up to half of patients discontinue prescribed therapies soon after hospital discharge. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:28:00 UTC New Drugs Health-System Pharmacists Should Know http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/new-drugs-health-system-pharmacists-should-know Here are new drugs for 2015 pharmacists can expect to handle. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:26:00 UTC FDA Clears Medtronic Catheter for Atrial Fibrillation http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/FDA-Clears-Medtronic-Catheter-for-Atrial-Fibrillation The Arctic Front Advance ST Cryoablation Catheter is approved for use in patients with drug refractory, recurrent, symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Tue, 12 May 2015 06:12:00 UTC Pharmacists Are Best Bet for Blood Thinner Adherence http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/Pharmacists-Are-Best-Bet-for-Blood-Thinner-Adherence Pharmacist-driven drug management programs best ensure atrial fibrillation patients adhere to the warfarin alternative, dabigatran (Pradaxa). Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:00:00 UTC Dangers of Kids' Energy Drink Intake Deserve Education http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Dangers-of-Kids-Energy-Drink-Intake-Deserve-Education Energy drink overconsumption has dangerous cardiac and neurologic consequences in adolescents. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:37:00 UTC New Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Boost Blood Thinner Candidates http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/New-Atrial-Fibrillation-Guidelines-Boost-Blood-Thinner-Candidates Almost all women and seniors with atrial fibrillation should be receiving blood thinners, advises a new analysis of updated clinical practice guidelines. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:44:00 UTC Cutting-Edge Heart Model Predicts Changes in the Heart That Can Lead to Atrial Fibrillation http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/Cutting-Edge-Heart-Model-Predicts-Changes-in-the-Heart-That-Can-Lead-to-Atrial-Fibrillation A paper from a pair of physicists may reveal significant new information about the causes of atrial fibrillation and help to make cardiac ablations a more effective treatment for the condition. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:17:00 UTC Treating Acid Reflux May Increase Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Success http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/acid-reflux/Treating-Acid-Reflux-May-Increase-Atrial-Fibrillation-Ablation-Success Gastroesophageal reflux disease and atrial fibrillation are 2 of the most significant health concerns in the United States, and researchers suspect a link between them. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 UTC Better Prescribing Needed for Newer Atrial Fibrillation Agent http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/Better-Prescribing-Needed-for-Newer-Atrial-Fibrillation-Agent Prescribing methods for a newer atrial fibrillation agent require more monitoring to improve patient safety in community hospitals. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:00:00 UTC Anti-Clotting Agent Launches in United States http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/Anti-Clotting-Agent-Launches-in-United-States Daiichi Sankyo today announced the US launch of edoxaban, a once-daily anti-clotting agent indicated for reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 03:38:00 UTC Which Atrial Fibrillation Patients Are Most Likely to Misreport Symptoms? http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/afib/Which-Atrial-Fibrillation-Patients-Are-Most-Likely-to-Misreport-Symptoms A primary goal of managing atrial fibrillation is relief of symptoms that include dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Yet, it is symptomless in up to one-third of patients. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:02:00 UTC