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Atrial Fibrillation and palpitations

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On completion of this subject guide, you should be able to:

Recall the causes of palpitations > http://www.turner-white.com/pdf/hp_jan03_methods.pdf

Investigate and treat palpitations > http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/cmspages/getfile.aspx?guid=ed034024-3a40-40ad-8b27-1c94bd19c04e

Carry out management of atrial fibrillation > http://www.australianprescriber.com/magazine/34/4/100/4

Explain to a patient the use of warfarin vs novel anticoagulants > http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2014/may/anticoagulation

Points for discussion

Consider how your patient-centred management might be different for a cognitively intact 35 year old patient with atrial fibrillation compared to a cognitively impaired 92 year old patient with atrial fibrillation. 

How would you approach an anxious patient who is convinced their palpitations are cardiac in origin? (you have already ruled out cardiac pathology)

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