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August 2015 Br J Cardiol 2015;22:87 doi:10.5837/bjc.2015.028

Initiating oral anticoagulation in hospitalised AF patients: it’s time to talk

Matthew Fay

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Dr Matthew Fay (Westcliffe Medical Practice, Shipley) Honarbakhsh et al. highlight an important point in their paper: when should this be done and who should take responsibility. Their review of patients who have been admitted acutely with AF or atrial flutter, looking at the outcome of anticoagulation if risk factors are present, seems to provide lamentable data, with only 57% being referred for oral anticoagulation. Of course, there may be a question as to whether, with patient-led decision-making, the acute hospital ward is the right environment for a considered and final decision as regards this important question. We need to consider the

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November 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:173–7 doi:10.5837/bjc.2012.031

Trends in atrial fibrillation hospitalisation in Scotland: an increasing cost burden

Martin Keech, Yogesh Punekar, Anna-Maria Choy

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Introduction Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia found in clinical practice with increased prevalence in the ageing population.1 It affects 5% of those aged over 65 years and 10% of those aged over 80 years.2 Its prevalence is increasing primarily for two reasons; an increase in the ageing population and advances in medical care leading to survival from underlying conditions closely associated with AF, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, and cardiac failure.3 It has been described as epidemic in proportion since some researchers have predicted its prevalence will triple by 2050.4 AF can cause significant m

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