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Evaluation of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation

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Title: Evaluation of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation
Author: Newell, Adam; Haynes, James W.; Smith, Rita
Keywords: diagnostic medicine
thromboembolic complication
heart disease
irregular heart beat
Date: 2012-09
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: American Family Physician, 86(6) 2012.
Abstract: In hemodynamically stable patients without acute chest pain, the evaluation and treatment of atrial fibrillation should not change based on symptoms alone. (Strength of Recommendation: A, based on multiple cohort studies.) As many as 75 percent of episodes of atrial fibrillation are not recognized by patients, and it is not uncommon for asymptomatic episodes to last more than 48 hours, which increases the risk of thromboembolic complications.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15351

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