Atrial Fibrillation

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COPD Independently Increases Cardiovascular-Related Mortality, Not Stroke
COPD Independently Increases Cardiovascular-Related Mortality, Not Stroke
Researchers at ATS 2015 reported chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but was not independently linked to risk of stroke or systemic embolism.
Opioid Users at Greater Risk for Atrial Fibrillation
Analysis of data from a previous study indicates that opioid use may increase the risk of heart attack by triggering atrial fibrillation.
Wide Variability in Medication Adherence among Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Research indicates that, despite the relative simplicity of dabigatran regimens, physicians and pharmacists must follow up with patients repeatedly to maximize the chances they’ll adhere to prescriptions.
ACC 2015
More than 13,000 physicians and cardiovascular team members attended the ACC 2015 meeting in San Diego on March 14-16, 2015. In this issue of Cardiology Review, we focus on 6 important studies presented at ACC 2015: LEGACY, OSLER, PEGASUS, EMBRACE-STEMI, MATRIX, and CoreValve.
Heart Failure Drug Approved, and Other Cardiology News
The recent FDA approvals of ivabradine and the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device, study results on EHRs and quality of medical care, and more are covered in this installment.

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