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Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies
In page after page of this comprehensive report, we address your most serious concerns about living with AF.
The University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health has engaged a team of top atrial fibrillation experts, Dr. Hugh Calkins, Dr. Ronald Berger, Dr. Gregory Marcus and Dr. Pate D Thomson, to bring you Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies.
Recently, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society jointly issued updated and revised clinical practice guidelines for managing AF. Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies makes use of these new guidelines to provide you with current information on the newest drugs, treatments options and research data.
“I feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest …”
An arrhythmia is an abnormality in the timing or pattern of the heartbeat, causing the heart to beat too rapidly, too slowly, or irregularly. Sounds pretty straightforward, but there’s a lot we don’t know about why the heart rhythm goes awry … or the best way to treat it.
In Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies, we focus on what we DO know. In page after page of this comprehensive report, we address your most serious concerns about living with AF, such as:
Anticoagulation Therapy: What You Should Know
While AF is generally not life threatening, for some patients it can increase the likelihood of blood clots forming in the heart. And if a clot travels to the brain, a stroke will result. Anticoagulation therapy is used to prevent blood clot formation in people with AF—but it is no longer restricted to the mainstay blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin).
Four new anticoagulants have now been approved by the FDA—dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), apixaban (Eliquis), and (most recently) edoxaban (Savaysa). Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies discusses the pros and cons of each so you’ll be in a position to discuss your drug choices with your doctor. In addition, you’ll find answers to key questions about anticoagulation therapy, including:
Symptom Control: The Science of Rate and Rhythm Control
Taking into account your age, the severity of your symptoms, and how long you have had AF, you and your doctor will consider two key management strategies: heart rate and heart rhythm control. In Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies, you’ll read an in-depth discussion of the effects of rate versus rhythm control for AF—and who the appropriate candidates are for each strategy:
There’s More to Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies, much more.
We explain surgical ablation of AF, a procedure performed through small incisions in the chest wall … discuss when it’s appropriate to seek a second opinion … take a close look at strokes and explain the warning signs and differences among ischemic, thrombotic, embolic and hemorrhagic strokes … provide a chart of current medications used in stroke prevention … detail the guidelines for long-term use of antiarrhythmia drugs … and include an arrhythmia glossary of key AF terms used by electrophysiologists and cardiologists.
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