Navigation Links
Surgery May Be Best for Irregular Heartbeat in Young
Date:9/22/2010

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Young people with the kind of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation may be better off undergoing surgery to fix the problem instead of taking medication first, a new study suggests.

Atrial fibrillation, which causes a person's pulse rate to change from minute to minute, can boost the risk of stroke and cause other problems. The condition is rare in younger people and can occur for no known reason.

There are a number of treatments for atrial fibrillation, including medication, cardioversion (in which a doctor shocks the heart to try to restore it to a normal rhythm) and catheter ablation (a surgery that destroys the tissue in the heart that causes the problem).

A heart specialist who's familiar with the new study findings said ablation is indeed a worthwhile alternative. "Younger patients tend to respond very well to this therapy," said Dr. John Day, medical director of heart rhythm services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

In the study, which was released online Sept. 21 in advance of publication in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, researchers examined the medical records of 1,548 patients who underwent catheter ablation between 2000 and 2008 in the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The average age of the patients was 56 years, and 70 percent were men.

The investigators found that younger patients had fewer complications than older ones and did just as well after the surgery. A year after surgery, 87 percent of the patients under the age of 45 had experienced little or no atrial fibrillation.

Why choose the surgery instead of medication? "While atrial fibrillation is more common with increasing age, clinical experience has suggested that younger patients tend to be more symptomatic and less willing to take long-term medications," Dr. Peter Leong-Sit, study lead author and an arrhythmia physician at London Health Sciences-University Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, said in a news release from the American Heart Association.

The surgery isn't cheap. It can cost $30,000-$40,000, Day noted. But studies have shown it can be cheaper in the long run if the alternative is a lifetime of medications and complicated testing and care, he added.

More information

For more about atrial fibrillation, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: John Day, M.D., medical director, heart rhythm services, Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah; American Heart Association, news release, Sept. 21, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Repeated Weight-Loss Surgery Carries Added Risks
2. The New Liposuction Technique Means No Surgery or Suction
3. Research validates surgery alone offers reasonable overall survival for stage I SCLC
4. "New Cosmetic Surgery" Journalism Prize
5. Abington Memorial Hospital Welcomes Vakil to Orthopaedic Surgery Division
6. Drug for advanced kidney cancer shrinks tumors prior to surgery
7. Abington Memorial Hospital Earns Two Designations: Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery(SM) and Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement(SM)
8. New endoscopic treatment may spare Barretts esophagus patients from surgery
9. Pittsburgh Neurosurgeons Explore Use of Drug that Illuminates Brain Tumor Cells To Guide Surgery
10. Surgery Alone May Thwart Stage 1 Lung Cancer
11. Comparison shows robot-assisted option offers advantages for kidney surgery
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Surgery May Be Best for Irregular Heartbeat in Young
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Alan I. Benvenisty, ... in New York City. He is known for his distinguished expertise and experience in ... Dr. Benvenisty holds sub-specialty training in treating renovascular disease and aortic aneurysm . ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... Patients who ... Cortland, OH, can now meet with Dr. Joseph Bedich for a consultation, with or ... simultaneously improving their oral health and functionality. , Dr. Bedich offers a ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Medic CE , a Career ... about Pediatric Septic Shock” hosted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). The ... time, will be presented by Captain Rommie Duckworth, LP, a career fire captain as ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... The CFOs included ... and health systems in the nation and help their organizations navigate the challenges ... and been instrumental in developing successful hospital and health system strategy. , Becker's ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... financial organizations, today announced CIO Applications magazine has named the company a “Top ... innovative use of the Cloud to help organizations simply and proactively address potential cybersecurity ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Mass., May 10, 2017 Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... results for the fiscal second quarter ended April 1, ... of $1.84 increased 666.7% compared to the prior year ... resulted in a significant gain, while non-GAAP diluted EPS ... 3.2%, or 3.8% in constant currency terms.  Excluding the ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... Radiology has become the number one diagnostic ... spiraled to the number one ranking as a result.  ... before as the most complete and reliable method for ... back pain an MRI may confirm a suspected herniated ... in entirely different treatment protocols.  In these circumstances, patients ...
(Date:5/9/2017)...  Demonstrating its commitment to representing research- based ... Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today ... now have to meet new research and development ... join PhRMA. "By putting in place ... clear message that being a member of PhRMA ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: