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Silent Atrial Fibrillation and Cryptogenic Strokes

A new suspected cause of cryptic strokes is “silent atrial fibrillation.” Pacemakers and other implanted devices allow continuous recording of cardiac rhythm for months or years. They have discovered that short periods of atrial fibrillation lasting minutes or hours are frequent and usually are asymptomatic. A meta-analysis of 50 studies involving more than 10,000 patients […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

Digital Medicine: “O Brave New World”

Recently, I participated in an international meeting in Nanjing, China on digital medicine. The meeting was sponsored by the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine and the newly formed International Society of Digital Medicine, both under the leadership of the remarkably energetic and effective professor, Shaoxiang Zhang from Chongqing, China. For my part of the meeting, […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

The Readmission Problem: A Modest Proposal Seeking a Solution

It is certainly no secret that patient readmissions shortly after discharge from the hospital create major healthcare and social problems today in the United States and throughout the world.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Given our ever increasing number of elderly, frail patients in the United States, it is not surprising that many of these individuals are readmitted soon after discharge. […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

How Can We Improve the Management of Patients with Hypertension?

Hypertension continues to be a major health problem in the United States, affecting more than 76 million US citizens. Despite marked improvement in detection and therapy of patients with hypertension over recent decades, substantial morbidity and mortality still occur, especially in the Southeastern United States. Hypertension detection programs are common throughout the country and can […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

A Sticky Problem: Dealing with Industry Under Unpleasant Circumstances

  In this issue of the American Journal of Medicine, Dr Leonard Fromer appropriately calls for easier access to potential lifesaving therapy, the epinephrine auto injector, for patients with severe allergic reactions. The editor and the staff of the AJM strongly support the concept that epinephrine auto injectors should be made affordable and easily accessible for patients who are […]

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