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Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation doac

Scott B Silverman
In cryptogenic stroke, prolonged cardiac monitoring is often employed to search for and diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF). Multiple monitoring modalities with multiple durations of monitoring exist. Finding atrial fibrillation after an ischemic stroke is extremely important as anticoagulation is the standard of care and results in the lowest stroke recurrence rate. The protocol at our institution is to carry out 30-day mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) in all patients with cryptogenic stroke. If this MCOT fails to reveal AF, yet the suspicion is high based on the presence of clinical, biochemical, electrocardiographic, and echocardiographic factors, we may proceed to use an implantable cardiac monitor...
August 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Claudia Stöllberger, Josef Finsterer
The direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban are increasingly prescribed in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, although dosage in elderly patients, safety in chronic kidney disease, food- and drug-interactions, laboratory tests for monitoring, and antidote are not clarified. In a 78-year-old man with an acute stroke, paroxysmal AF and sick-sinus-syndrome were detected as he received a DDD-pacemaker and 5 mg apixaban/bid. He had a history of hypertension, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea, lumbar discopathy, and nephropathy...
2015: Heart Surgery Forum
Sarah Traullé, Maciej Kubala, Alexandre Doucy, Serge Quenum, Jean-Sylvain Hermida
AIMS: This prospective study was carried out to assess the feasibility and safety of venous figure-of-eight suture to achieve haemostasis after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation of AF were prospectively enrolled from February 2012 to September 2013. At the end of the procedure, a temporary subcutaneous 'Figure-of-eight' suture technique was used to achieve haemostasis. Anticoagulation strategy evolved during the study...
June 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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