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February 2019  Br J Cardiol 2019;26:23–6

Non-prescription of anticoagulants in patients discharged with stroke and atrial fibrillation

Introduction Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases an individual’s risk of stroke fivefold.1 Oral anticoagulation (OAC) with warfarin reduces the risk of stroke by 64%.2 Novel or direct oral anticoagul

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February 2019  Br J Cardiol 2019;26:34

Is six weeks too long for the first outpatient review after cardiac surgery? FORCAST6

Introduction In the UK, over 35,000 cardiac operations are performed annually.1 Traditionally, patients who have undergone cardiac surgery return to the outpatient clinic for their first postoperative

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February 2019  Br J Cardiol 2019;26:31–3

The future of atrial fibrillation: does the answer lie in ablation or anti-arrhythmics?

Dr Mark Mills The question: medicate, or ablate? To medicate (with anti-arrhythmics), or to ablate: that is the question. In the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), the answer, depending on those

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February 2019  Br J Cardiol 2019;26:38–40

Coronary vasospasm and concurrent Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Introduction Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is characterised by a transient left ventricular dysfunction, which is classically accompanied by left ventricular apical ballooning and akinesis.1,2 The co

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January 2019  Br J Cardiol 2019;26:14–8

A survey of post-cardiac rhythm device implantation: movement and mobilisation advice in the UK

Introduction The number of patients receiving cardiac rhythm devices (CRDs) in the UK continues to grow.1 After device implantation, to reduce the probability of lead displacement and, therefore, re-i

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