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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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Improving Warfarin Management Within the Medical Home: A Health-System Approach

Anticoagulation clinics have been considered the optimal strategy for warfarin management with demonstrated improved patient outcomes through increased time in therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) range, decreased critical INR values, and decreased anticoagulation-related adverse events. However, not all health systems are able to support a specialized anticoagulation clinic or may see patient volume exceed available […]

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Stubborn Creatures: Dormant Staphylococcus aureus

A healthy 70-year-old woman was admitted with a 3-day history of a pus-emitting wound on her left shin, in the absence of trauma. She was afebrile, and examination was normal excepting a warm, erythematous and tender area over her left distal tibia with a central swollen area discharging pus. Hemoglobin was 11.7 g/dL, white blood […]

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Higher Fitness Is Strongly Protective in Patients with Family History of Heart Disease

Cardiorespiratory fitness protects against mortality; however, little is known about the benefits of improved fitness in individuals with a family history of coronary heart disease. We studied the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and risk of incident coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality, hypothesizing an inverse relationship similar to individuals without a family history of coronary […]

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Managing Increasing Liability Risks Related to Opioid Prescribing

The increase in prescription opioid-related overdose deaths has increasingly led to liability and sanctions for physicians. For instance, in January 2010, Maurice Conte, MD was found negligent for prescribing a combination of Vicodin, Xanax, and Soma, which caused an overdose death, and was fined over $9 million.1 Conte, as the Medical Director of pain clinics, rarely […]

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