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Atrial Fibrillation

Despite much evidence that atrial fibrillation (AF) greatly increases the risk of cognitive decline, a review of research to date finds little compelling support for any particular strategies to minimize that risk.
Digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients with atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.
Patients with atrial fibrillation who take common analgesics can significantly increase their risk for bleeding and thromboembolism, with risk higher among those on anticoagulation who also take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, according to a new study published in the Nov. 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
With an aging population, clinicians must guard against potential complications and adverse events brought on by treatment. For example, a recent study appeared to show that overtreatment with anticoagulants increases dementia risk in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Overtreatment with anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation may double risk for dementia, a new study suggests. The study findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 15 to 19 in Chicago.
Analysis of insurance claims and medical records indicates that people with mitral annular calcification may face a greatly elevated risk of incident atrial fibrillation.
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