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Pre-cardioversion Anticoagulation

I recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation in a 24-year-old man with new-onset chest pain, irregular palpitations, and heart rate >170 beats per minute. The patient has no history of drug or tobacco abuse but does…

How useful is nonfasting cholesterol testing?

Other than convenience and compliance, is there any benefit to nonfasting cholesterol testing? As I understand it, triglyceride values are very sensitive to fasting, but total cholesterol remains fairly stable. Can you comment on this?—Lynn Smith, FNP, Tampa It depends on what are you screening for. The National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel II…

Cardiac parameters at odds

When evaluating a patient’s risk of vascular disease, primary-care clinicians often use the cholesterol/HDL ratio, while cardiologists use the LDL level. What should one do if the cholesterol/HDL ratio is favorable, but the LDL is high?—Melvin L. Edwards, MD, Ann Arbor, Mich. The usual reason the ratio is favorable is that the HDL is high.…

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