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Atrial fibrillation and stroke: optimising prevention and treatment

Publication date: Thursday, 09 December 2010

Category: Supplements
Edition: Volume 1 Number 1PCCJ Online2010

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"There are lots of really powerful examples around of things we can do to improve quality while improving productivity" This statement from David Nicholson, the NHS Chief Executive, appears on the NHS Evidence website, where the recognition and optimal treatment…

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained arrhythmia, affecting 1.2% of the population, which equates to more than 600,000 people in England. The prevalence of AF increases with age, with 8.4% of the over-65 age-group affected and also it is…

Antiplatelet (usually aspirin) and anticoagulant (usually warfarin) treatments are available to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but both have potentially harmful adverse effects and warfarin can be time-consuming and expensive to monitor. Guidance exists…

Catheter and surgical ablation of cardiac arrhythmias have evolved rapidly over the last 30 years. Catheter ablation of 'simple' atrial arrhythmias such as supraventricular tachycardias and typical atrial flutter is very successful and low-risk. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF)…

The majority (84%) of people with AF are over the age of 65 years. In the UK, the prevalence of AF is 7.2% for patients aged 65 and over. AF is a particularly important risk factor for stroke in the…

The White Paper, Saving lives: our healthier nation (1999), set out a target to reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and related illnesses such as stroke by 40% in the under-75s by 2010;1 recent trends indicate that this…

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained cardiac arrhythmia, and has a significant impact on morbidity and mortality. Treatment is tailored to the individual. This article will review the rhythm-management strategies for patients with atrial fibrillation, and discuss the roles…

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