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Diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation

NICE has published its updated guideline on the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation (AF).

The updated guideline addresses several areas where new evidence has become available since publication of the previous guideline in 2014. These include the use of tools to calculate the risk of bleeding when considering the use of anti-clotting drugs (anticoagulants), the role of newer anti-clotting drugs, and the use of treatments that aim to destroy or isolate the abnormal sources of electrical impulses in the heart that may be driving AF (ablation).