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CONTEXT Patients who have atrial fibrillation (AF) have an increased risk of stroke, but their absolute rate of stroke depends on age and comorbid conditions. OBJECTIVE To assess the predictive value of classification schemes that estimate stroke risk in patients with AF. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Two existing classification schemes were combined(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated whether differences in quality of medical care might explain a portion of the excess mortality associated with mental disorders in the year after myocardial infarction. METHODS This study examined a national cohort of 88 241 Medicare patients 65 years and older who were hospitalized for clinically confirmed acute(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the evidence supporting the importance of early beta-blocker therapy, this intervention has received little attention as an indicator of quality of care. OBJECTIVES To determine how often beta-blockers are administered as early treatment of acute myocardial infarction in patients 65 years of age or older, to identify predictors of the(More)
In an attempt to decrease the risk of second malignancies and future infertility in children with Hodgkin's disease (HD) while retaining acceptable remission rates, an anthracycline based regimen containing no alkylating agent has been devised. VEEP contains vincristine, epirubicin, etoposide and prednisolone given at 3 weekly intervals. Forty-four(More)
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