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NOACs in Atrial Fibrillation

The Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) convened a regulatory workshop (27–28 March 2017) to discuss three major concepts involving oral anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)

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October Medical e-News - 2017

Get the latest news and updates from this month's medical e-news.

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What Do You Want to Watch? Weather, Sports, Movies…CPR?

The first commercially licensed American television channel, station WRGB, began broadcasting on July 2, 1928. Since then, the number of TV channels in the U.S. has ballooned to almost 2,000. There are all kinds of TV channels: weather channels, sports channels, movie channels, and more. But there is no cardiopulmonary resucitation (CPR) channel – yet. Why would we need a CPR channel in America? Because America is in the midst of an epidemic of futile CPR. Because patients and families who call for uncalled-for CPR very often don’t know for what they are calling. Because there is good CPR and there is bad CPR: CPR that can help and CPR that can harm.

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Smartphone apps launched for atrial fibrillation management

Novel smartphone apps for atrial fibrillation patients and healthcare professionals have been launched by heart experts. The objectives and design of the apps are outlined in a paper published online in EP Europace.

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'Oral anticoagulants will be widely used for specific atrial fibrillation patients'

Medical workers are increasing the use of Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulant (NOAC) therapies to keep people with atrial fibrillation from ...

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Longer Abstention from Alcohol Lowers Atrial Fibrillation Risk

In the first study looking at cessation of alcohol consumption and atrial fibrillation (AF) risk, UC San Francisco researchers have shown that the longer ...

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Icelandic researchers ID genetic variant that increases risk of AFib

Icelandic researchers have uncovered two novel genetic variants of atrial fibrillation (AFib), one of which could increase the risk of developing AFib for ...

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Augustheart to offer free heart screenings for teens

Augustheart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to prevent sudden cardiac death in teens by offering screenings

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Don't Write Off These Symptoms As "Just Anxiety"

Since "dysautonomia" is an umbrella term for several different illnesses, its scope is pretty broad, Dr. Grubb says. According to Dysautonomia International, an estimated 70 million people worldwide live with various forms of the disorder. One of the most common forms is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome aka POTS, and the majority of people with POTS are young women, between the ages of 13 and 50, according to a 2014 study. The female to male ratio for POTS is 5 to 1, and an estimated 1 to 3 million adults in the U.S. have it, according to the National Institutes for Health.

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Making life simpler for GPs: managing the complexities of CPD

For example, one of the most common heart conditions we see (atrial fibrillation) is now recommended to be treated with a class of drugs (NOACs) that ...

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