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Vladimir Fridman Md, Cesare Saponieri Md, Nabil El-Sherif Md Facc Fhrs, Gioia Turitto Md Facc Fhrs
Threshold testing of cardiac rhythm devices is essential to monitoring the proper functioning of such devices (1). However, the currently method of applying multiple ECG leads to the patient is burdensome and time consuming (2). We are presenting a completely new way to perform cardiac rhythm device threshold testing using pulse oximetry. Twenty patients, with varying cardiac rhythm devices and pacing modes, were enrolled and had their atrial and ventricular thresholds tested. A comparison was made between simultaneous threshold determinations via the standard EGM based method and the new pulse oximetry based method...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25365537/risk-of-bleeding-with-dabigatran-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Inmaculada Hernandez, Seo Hyon Baik, Antonio PiƱera, Yuting Zhang
IMPORTANCE: It remains unclear whether dabigatran etexilate mesylate is associated with higher risk of bleeding than warfarin sodium in real-world clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk of bleeding associated with dabigatran and warfarin using Medicare data. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: In this retrospective cohort study, we used pharmacy and medical claims in 2010 to 2011 from a 5% random sample of Medicare beneficiaries...
January 2015: JAMA Internal Medicine
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