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J Cardiovasc Dis Res. 2012 Oct;3(4):255-64. doi: 10.4103/0975-3583.102690.

Trends in the management of atrial fibrillation: A neurologist's perspective.

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Department of Vascular Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.


Cardiac embolism, primarily from atrial fibrillation (AF), is implicated in a quarter of all ischemic strokes. In the setting of AF, contraindications to traditional therapies can create a clinical dilemma when choosing an agent for secondary stroke prophylaxis. Newer horizons in the medical and surgical management of AF have helped us choose from a wide variety of available therapies, the best possible management. In this article, we review the current trends in AF management including newer oral anticoagulants as well as surgical devices from a neurologist's view.


Anticoagulation; atrial fibrillation; atriclip; reversal of anticoagulation

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