The European Congress of Cardiology was held in Amsterdam at the end of August with important presentations of large clinical studies. The conference focused on informative sessions in which new or updated clinical recommendations were presented on indications for acute coronary syndrome, cardiomyopathy, infective endocarditis, diabetes, and heart disease as well as heart failure.
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For most sufferers, a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation also means an indication for long-term oral anticoagulation. Existing studies now raise the question of whether this indicator may be too generous or whether atrial fibrillation is diagnosed with inadequate care. Results of the NOAH-AFNET 6 study now presented show no reduction in the overall very low risk of stroke in people with atrial high rate (AHRE) episodes, but an increased incidence of bleeding complications with anticoagulation. AHRE is misinterpreted as atrial fibrillation by various devices and can only be distinguished from it on a complete ECG.
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