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Date:10/27/2008

factors for atrial fibrillation, clinicians should be more cautious when choosing treatment for osteoporosis and weigh the risks against the benefit of decreased fracture risk," said Dr. Miranda.

"Bisphosphonates are widely used to treat millions of women and men who suffer from osteoporosis or low bone density," said James A. L. Mathers, Jr., MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. "A potential link between bisphosphonates and atrial fibrillation warrants additional research in this area."

CHEST 2008 is the 74th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 25-30 in Philadelphia, PA. ACCP represents 17,000 members who provide patient care in the areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in the United States and throughout the world. The ACCP's mission is to promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research, and communication. For more information about the ACCP, please visit the ACCP Web site at http://www.chestnet.org.


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