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The Authors' reply Our editorial1 outlines five important steps in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), of which guideline-based diagnosis and assessment is step 2. Our editorial focuses on the fourth and fifth management steps, as these steps relate to the article which the editorial was written to accompany - the stroke penalty of stopping oral anticoagulant.2 Once patients with AF receive a thorough assessment and …
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Competing interests NL reports grants from BMS/Pfizer outside the submitted work. KG has received honoraria from Pfizer for professional activities outside the submitted work. BF reports grants, personal fees and non-financial support from BMS/Pfizer; grants, personal fees and non-financial support from Bayer; personal fees and non-financial support from Daiichi Sankyo; non-financial support from Alivecor; and personal fees and non-financial support from Omron outside the submitted work.
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