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October 2010

CARMA Center demystifying the heart

U researchers hope to treat people with irregular heartbeats through a one-of-a-kind health center on campus. Researchers at the Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research & Management Center are developing technologies and methods for treating patients with heart arrhythmia, including atrial fibrillation.

CARMA project giving heart patients new hope

A new project called CARMA is giving patients something they've never had before. For one Utah woman, doctors have now repaired her misfiring heart -- a condition she thought she would have to live with the rest of her life. Michele Straube ran portions of a 5K race last weekend. Before the race, she was one of 5 million people is this country who had what is called atrial fibrillation, or A-fibrillation -- electrical disturbances of the heart that cause an irregular cardiac rhythm. KSL News Read More

Easy screening could detect deadly condition

In a matter of minutes, and at no cost, Utahns can learn if they have a deadly condition that causes strokes, heart attack, and heart failure. Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm which involves the two small upper chamber so the heart. More than 2.2 million Americans have AF, and the likelihood of developing it increases with age. The rhythm disorder is caused when the natural electrical impulse system of the heart fails.

August 2010

The University of Utah's Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research and Management Center (CARMA) will offer four free screenings for residents in both the Salt Lake and Utah Valley to test for atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder that affects more than five million Americans and causes more than 66,000 deaths a year. The dates and details of these screenings are as follows.

A Strike Against Stroke

As more people live longer, the incidence of atrial fibrillatin (AF), an often asymptomatic heart-rhythm disturbance that can lead to stroke, is growing day by day. A worldwide patient evaluation program,and new technologies based on the use of magnetic resonance imaging, are setting the stage for eartly detection and safer, more personalized treatment.

April 2010

Highlights from the 3rd Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium

More than 300 cardiologists, physicians and others attended the Third Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium February 26-27 in Park City, Utah. The conference was sponsored by the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology and hosted by the Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research & Management Center (CARMA). Following are five of the notable presentations from a world-class faculty that included physicians from leading medical centers in the U.S., Belgium, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. EP Lab Digest Read More

February 2010

UPR Audio from The Third Annual Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium

MRI: A Game-Changing Tool for Treating Atrial Fibrillation

"The federal laws that regulate certain economics of imaging seem to mirror the topsy-turvy world of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Because of the flawed methodology of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for determining physician Medicare payments, the more we improve technologies (thus increasing their utilization), the less they are worth. This perverse logic fails to recognize the overall cost benefits of these technological advances, not to mention their inestimable value to patients."