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Research shows that a follow-up strategy designed specifically for patients who visit the hospital with atrial fibrillation reduces future admissions and patient deaths more than a general follow-up plan.
New research contradicts earlier findings that race is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation but finds that excess body fat may be riskier than anyone realized if that fat is stored around the heart.
Researchers from Vanderbilt University have developed a new tool for deciding when hospitals should admit patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation and when they should send them home.
Researchers report a nearly 25% increase in the number of emergency room vistis for atrial fibrillation.
Clinicians are most likely to prescribe amiodarone when they see patients who have recurrent ventricular dysrhythmias; paroxysmal supraventricular dysrhythmias including atrial fibrillation and flutter; and or need sinus rhythm maintenance after electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation.
Aggressive management of risk factors improves the long-term outcomes in patients receiving catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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