September 2, 2014

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Deaths from atrial fibrillation high despite use of anticoagulants

Today, at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, it was reported that even though 80% of atrial fibrillation patients who should be on anticoagulants (according to their CHA2DS2-VASc score) are on anticoagulants, death rates at one year are still high.

Most of those deaths are due to cardiovascular causes. The risk factors predicting stroke or death were age, heart failure, previous mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack, or TIA), kidney disease, or previous bleeds.

Interestingly, taking statin drugs reduced the risk of death by about one-third whereas taking diuretics [presumably for high blood pressure] increased the risk of death by 70%.

For more info, see:  AF mortality and morbidity high at 1 year despite good anticoagulant use

Note: These findings were presented by Professor Gregory Lip, a member of the Global Medical Advisory Board.

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Atrial flutter cured by catheter ablation and reduces atrial fibrillation risk

New research from the University of California at San Francisco indicates that atrial flutter can be cured through catheter ablation and doing so can reduce the risk for atrial fibrillation. To learn more, see:

Catheter Ablation a First-Line Treatment for Atrial Flutter

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