Clinical question of the week: "Arrhythmia" patient with palpitations, dyspnoea, and dark stools

A 75-year-old male with a prior history of hypertension, diabetes and treatment for “arrhythmia” presented to the emergency department complaining of palpitations and dyspnea on exertion over the last two days. The patient also reported dark stools over the last two days. No other symptoms were reported. Current medications included atenolol 50 mg qD, warfarin 5 mg qD, metformin 850 mg BiD.   The patient did not remember his last INR result, but reported no blood tests over the last two months. On examination the heart rate was 140, irregular, BP was 90/70, respiratory rate 22, SatO2: 94%. The patient was pale, lungs were clear, and no other abnormalities were noted.   The EKG is below:  
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Source: American Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Conclusions. Complex hernia repairs using bioabsorbable mesh were conducted in a small cohort of high-risk patients. These data demonstrate good outcomes with limited morbidity and mortality. There were no recurrences. PMID: 31617453 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Surgical Innovation - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Surg Innov Source Type: research
iRhythm and Verily announced a partnership last month to “co-develop solutions intended to provide early warning, diagnosis and management for patients, particularly for those with silent or undiagnosed AF.” We spoke with iRhythm CEO Kevi...
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Source: Urology Annals - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research
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CONCLUSIONS: C allele and CC genotype of rs4968309 inMYL4were associated with AF onset and recurrence. Moreover, the A allele of rs1515751 had a significant association with AF onset. The polymorphisms ofMYL4can predict AF onset and prognosis after ablation in AF patients without structural heart disease. PMID: 31406021 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Conclusions: Patients with ≥1 risk factor had a 30% higher risk for arrhythmia recurrence after ablation, but no differences in risk for repeat ablations, adverse events or death.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
Source: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology : PACE - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY Source Type: research
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