In this retrospective analysis of 400 patients with new onset Afib who underwent cardioversion, it was successful in restoring sinus rhythm in 96% of patients (within 3 attempts). No patients experienced stroke, thromboembolic event, or died within 30 days. Almost all the patients had a CHADS2 score of 1 and were generally healthy. In this subgroup of healthy patients with low CHADS2 score, elective cardioversion is safe and effective in restoring sinus rhythm (abstract).
Fill in the Blanks: Q: “The diagnosis of type 2 MI is associated with a _____ prognosis. ___% of patients will live five years after their diagnosis.” The answer is a) POOR and b) a staggering 40%. I did not know that. However, what I am aware of is the ambiguity around Type 2 MIs and […]
What comes to mind when you think of getting CME? I bet most of you would say sitting in an auditorium, whether that be during your local grand rounds or at our professional society meeting, like Hospital Medicine 16 in sunny San Diego this past March. Hanging out in the Twitterverse? Probably not so much… […]
As a nurse practitioner in hospital medicine I have multiple opportunities to interact with all sorts of physician hospitalist colleagues, hospital medicine group leaders, quality officers etc. Often their interactions with me take on a certain wary curiosity, like I am some exotic monkey or another creature that is unfamiliar to them. If I am […]