Incidence and predictors of atrial fibrillation episodes as detected by implantable loop recorder in patients at risk From the LOOP study

ConclusionA considerable burden of previously unknown AF was detected when long-term monitoring was applied in at-risk patients. Biomarkers were associated with AF incidence and improved prediction of long AF episodes.
Source: American Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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Source: Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
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Source: Polish Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Hypertension - Category: Cardiology Tags: ORIGINAL PAPERS: Treatment Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Trial/Experimental Study Source Type: research
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