Items Tagged ‘Dr. Douglas Packer’

March 22, 2019

Should you get pills or surgery for a-fib?

By Karl W Oestreich KarlWOestreich

HealthDay by E.J. Mundell Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” and they’re typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation and medicines perform similarly in protecting a-fib patients […]

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Tags: atrial fibrillation, Dr. Douglas Packer, HealthDay, JAMA


May 18, 2018

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights for May 18, 2018

By Emily Blahnik eblahnik

      Reuters, Doctors don’t always explain sexual side effects of prostate treatments — “Patients didn’t previously have choices about their treatments and accepted the side effects,” said Dr. Tobias Kohler of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved in the study. “But now, we’re seeing minimally invasive treatments that offer excellent […]

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Tags: AliveCor, allergies, Allie Wergin, Alyssa Duane, alzheimer's disease, Amazon Alexa, Amy Lannen, angiography, artificial Intelligence, atrial fibrillation, biotetch, Breast Cancer


June 26, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich KarlWOestreich

Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media relations   Wall Street Journal Obesity Is Undercounted in […]

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Tags: 3D mammograms, ABC News Australia, ABC30, aging, Agnes Rapacz, Allevant Solutions, alzheimer's disease, American News Report, angina, ANSA, anti-obesity devic, AP


March 17, 2010

ACC: RF Ablation Helps in Complex Afib

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Catheter ablation appears better than drug therapy for more complex, symptomatic atrial fibrillation, according to initial results of the CABANA pilot trial.   Patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation had a 58% reduced risk of symptomatic recurrence compared with patients taking rate and rhythm control medication (65% versus 41% at 12 months, P=0.033), Douglas L. Packer, MD, […]

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Tags: Afib, Dr. Douglas Packer, RF Ablation


March 17, 2010

Medtronic atrial fibrillation system shines in study

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

A noninvasive procedure that freezes and kills problem-causing heart tissue was nearly 10 times better at eliminating a potentially serious heart rhythm disorder than conventional anti-arrhythmic drugs, researchers said on Monday…   A clinical trial of Medtronic Inc’s (MDT.N) cryoablation system looked at 245 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, a condition marked by intermittent episodes […]

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Tags: atrial fibrillation, Dr. Douglas Packer, Medtronic


March 17, 2010

Fix for a Faulty Heartbeat

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Patients with the most common type of irregular heartbeat who aren’t helped by drugs may benefit from a treatment that freezes tiny portions of heart tissue to correct a flaw, a new study shows. A total of 228 patients underwent a “catheter ablation,” in which a tube is slid into the heart…   Douglas L. […]

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Tags: Catheter ablation, Dr. Douglas Packer, irregular heartbeat


March 16, 2010

CABANA: Catheter ablation effectively reduced AF

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

Percutaneous left atrial catheter ablation may be more effective at the elimination of atrial fibrillation when compared to anti-arrhythmic therapy, according to new findings presented today. The CABANA pilot study included 60 patients with recurrent symptomatic AF, two-thirds of whom had persistent or a long-standing AF…   Douglas L. Packer, MD, a cardiologist at the […]

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Tags: CABANA, Catheter ablation, Dr. Douglas Packer


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