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Study finds that routine use of transthoracic echocardiography following diagnosis of atrial fibrillation would identify pathologies in many patients, particularly with regard to valvular heart disease, ischaemic heart disease and heart failure. Economic modeling suggested that this approach is likely to be cost-effective.

Health Technology Assessment - NIHR Journals Library.

Version: August 2013

Study found that, transthoracic echocardiography in second harmonic imaging mode is a cost-effective use of NHS resources in those cases where clinicians deem it the most appropriate method of testing to identify cardiac sources of stroke and transient ischaemic attack. However, the study highlights that there is a lack of evidence in several areas and the results of the economic evaluation should be treated with caution.

Health Technology Assessment - NIHR Journals Library.

Version: March 2014

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