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Device May Offer Alternative to Warfarin for Arrhythmia
Date:8/14/2009

arfarin therapy," concluded Dr. David R. Holmes, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and his colleagues. "Although there was a higher rate of adverse safety events in the intervention group than the control group, events in the intervention group were mainly a result of periprocedural complications," they wrote.

"Closure of the LAA might provide an alternative strategy to chronic warfarin therapy for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation," they added.

The study appears this week in The Lancet.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about atrial fibrillation.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Aug. 13, 2009


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