Several news-worthy developments in cardiovascular medicine are outlined here for those who are interested:
1. New European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on atrial fibrillation
The new guidelines put in place advances in management of AF since the last update in 2006. These include:
A. An expanded guide to assessment of the risk of stroke. The new score is now known as CHA2DS2VASc which stands for
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|A ge > 75 years||2|
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|A ge between 65-74 years||1|
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2. Shift: Ivabradine cuts hospitalization and mortality when added to standard heart failure therapy
3. New anti-thrombotic agents abound – Ticagrelor etc.
4. Colchine (Colgout) halve the incidence of post-pericardiotomy syndrome
5. New anti-thrombotic drugs poised to replace warfarin for prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation – Dabigatran, Apixaban etc.
6. Amazing developments in the field of cardiovascular medicine continues to astound cardiologists!!
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