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Atrial Fibrillation

The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new algorithm that will enable many smart phones to detect signs of atrial fibrillation.
Heart failure patients are routinely given beta blockers, but the drugs appear to have no effect on patients who also have atrial fibrillation, a meta-analysis showed.
For patients undergoing cardiac surgery, perioperative colchicine is associated with a reduction in postpericardiotomy syndrome, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was published to coincide with the annual European Society of Cardiology Congress, held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 in Barcelona, Spain.
New research suggests that most patients who have suffered a stroke can be taught to reliably detect the first signs of atrial fibrillation by measuring their peripheral pulse at the radial artery.
Research suggests that patients who develop seemingly temporary cases of atrial fibrillation immediately after most types of surgery are dramatically more likely to suffer subsequent strokes.
Eliquis is also now indicated for reducing the risk of recurrent DVT and PE following initial therapy.
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