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Recent Thoughts Concerning Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the commonest arrhythmia cited in Medicare patients, and its occurrence continues to grow in the ever-expanding global geriatric population.1 When I am the attending on our cardiology consult service, we frequently see 2 or more patients with recent onset atrial fibrillation each day. Incidences and mortality rates related to atrial fibrillation in both men and women have increased substantially in some states of the US but not in others while mortality rates related to atrial fibrillation in women have increased more than in men throughout the US.


Professor Hennekens reports that he serves as an independent scientist in an advisory role to investigators and sponsors as Chair of data monitoring committees for Amgen, British Heart Foundation, Cadila, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, DalCor, and Regeneron; to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), legal counsel for Pfizer, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and UpToDate; receives royalties for authorship or editorship of 3 textbooks and as co-inventor on patents for inflammatory markers and cardiovascular disease that are held by Brigham and Women’s Hospital; has an investment management relationship with the West-Bacon Group within SunTrust Investment Services, which...

Conjunctival hemorrhages as a sign of infective endocarditis

A 77-year-old man was brought to our hospital by ambulance. His presenting complaints were worsening fatigue that had developed a week previously, followed by fever and a two-day history of right wrist pain. He was unable to walk owing to extreme fatigue. He had been diagnosed with pharyngeal squamous carcinoma 2 years and 2 months previously, and treated with chemotherapy and bioradiotherapy, which had resulted in complete remission. One year and 4 months previously, however, the carcinoma had recurred, and 1 year previously he had undergone a pharyngolaryingectomy and esophagectomy as salvage therapy for recurrent lesions with reconstruction using a...

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