Atrial fibrillation after surgery: Common and undertreated?

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After surgery unrelated to the heart, a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (afib) — a heart rhythm ­disorder that raises the risk of stroke — may be more common than previously thought. And these cases appear to be undertreated, according to a study published July 25, 2022, in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Among the 4,231 people in the study, 13% had their first-ever bout of afib after surgery unrelated to the heart, most often within a week of the operation. Stress and inflammation related to surgery may trigger afib, the researchers postulated.

Compared with people who developed afib unrelated to a surgical procedure, those diagnosed with afib following surgery were less likely to be taking anti-clotting drugs to lower their stroke risk.

The common perception that afib that emerges after surgery is less serious than other types of afib may be to blame for this discrepancy. However, during the average follow-up of just over six years, both groups had similar risks for stroke, transient ischemic attack (known as TIA or ministroke), and death, the researchers found.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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