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Letters Atrial fibrillation

Proposed screening is too simple and not focused enough

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 27 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2257
  1. Christian Seligmann, consultant cardiologist
  1. 1Cardiology Clinic Schwabing, Munich, Germany
  1. cseligmann{at}

A recent consensus conference organised by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh recommended opportunistic pulse checking of people over 65 years by GPs, followed by electrocardiography for those with an irregular pulse.1 The aim is to identify people at an increased risk for stroke …

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