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At least 30 million people worldwide carry a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF), and many more suffer from undiagnosed, subclinical, or 'silent' AF. Atrial fibrillation-related cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, including cardiovascular deaths, heart failure, stroke, and hospitalizations, remain unacceptably high, even when evidence-based therapies(More)
BACKGROUND Current recommendations for anticoagulation management during cardioversion are largely based on historical data and expert consensus. METHODS AND RESULTS To characterize current practice of anticoagulation during and after elective cardioversion for AF and the risk of stroke and bleeding events, all patients enrolled into the Flec-SL trial(More)
AIMS In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), the efficacy and safety of two anti-arrhythmic drugs in preventing the recurrence of AF after successful direct current (DC) cardioversion was prospectively assessed in a multi-centre double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial using daily trans-telephonic monitoring. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) enrolled in the Central Registry of the German Competence NETwork on Atrial Fibrillation (AFNET) and to assess current medical practice in patients treated at various levels of medical care in Germany. METHODS AND RESULTS From February 2004 to March(More)
The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has seen marked changes in past years, with the introduction of new oral anticoagulants, new antiarrhythmic drugs, and the emergence of catheter ablation as a common intervention for rhythm control. Furthermore, new technologies enhance our ability to detect AF. Most clinical management decisions in AF patients can(More)
While management of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is improved by guideline-conform application of anticoagulant therapy, rate control, rhythm control, and therapy of accompanying heart disease, the morbidity and mortality associated with AF remain unacceptably high. This paper describes the proceedings of the 3rd Atrial Fibrillation NETwork(More)
The variability of electric and magnetic signals from the heart during the depolarization phase is investigated. A signal processing method is developed, which provides estimates for the beat-to-beat variability of the QRS-complex. The method is based on the decomposition of the depolarization signal into bandpass signals by means of the Morlet wavelet(More)
The German Competence Network on Atrial Fibrillation (AFNET) is a national interdisciplinary research network funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). AFNET was initiated in 2003 and aims at improving treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most frequent sustained cardiac arrhythmia. AFNET has established a nationwide patient(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies report a morning peak in the occurrence of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac death but lack detailed information on underlying arrhythmias. We used the documentation system of the semiautomated defibrillators used by emergency medical technicians to investigate the circadian pattern of defined arrhythmias and the influence of(More)
BACKGROUND Telemonitoring can improve the medical care, quality of life, and prognosis of chronically ill patients. This review article summarizes the current status of health services research on telemonitoring, focusing on patients with chronic congestive heart failure. METHOD The Medline database was selectively searched for articles appearing from(More)