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Bisphosphonates Increase Risk of Incident AF

The good news? Bisphosphonates are highly effective treatment for osteoporosis, osteopenia, and the prevention of fractures. The bad? Bisphosphonates have been linked to the development of atrial fibrillation.

 

Atrial Fibrillation

Is new-onset AF linked to an acute precipitant less likely to recur than spontaneous AF? Is it any less dangerous? A new study finds answers in Framingham data.

AF risk increases with obesity.

A recent literature analysis found a 10% to 29% excess risk for AF conferred by incremental increases in BMI. The study in 9 slides, here.

lesions that bleed with minimal trauma

Two lesions have been slowly expanding on an older man’s chest for 2 years. What is the problem? This and questions on 3 other topics in this quiz.

Exercise tolerance in AF affected by gender.

Although exercise has many cardiovascular benefits, including favorable vascular and metabolic changes, its impact on arrhythmias is less well understood.

There is a razor edge differential between pharmacologic thrombus prevention and risk for excessive bleeding during procedures for AF. More guidance from a new study.

Novel oral anticoagulant myths debunked

No monitoring necessary; don't use them before electrical cardioversion; and count them out for periprocedural use during AF ablation. Really?

Guidelines say “no” to anticoagulation for young, otherwise healthy persons with atrial fibrillation. New research finds that clinical practice looks quite different.

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