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2011 Focused Update On The Management Of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

2011 Focused Update on the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

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  • Over 2.2 million persons in the United States have atrial fibrillation (AF).
  • AF is the most common heart arrhythmia in persons over 65 years of age.
  • AF is a common cause of cardioembolic stroke.

    Read the full article in Circulation

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Posted by Molly AHA Science on Dec 20, 2010 4:34 PM US/Central

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"Discovering the potential cause of atrial fibrillation and treating it is recommended before initiating antiarrhythmic therapy." From Top Ten things to know. Rule number one. Remove the cause and thereby eliminate the threat. I noticed, however, that little or no mention of the causes of AF were addressed in this study but only intervention. Seems this is the definition of a semi-blind study where we treat the symptom and not the cause. Is this "Sam's" point that even in a focused study on the management of AF we ignore the elephant in the room how did we get here?
  • Posted Wed 05 Jan 2011 09:49 AM CST

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