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Ectopy and Expectations: Can We Predict Atrial Fibrillation, and Should We Try?

Daniel B. Kramer, MD; and Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD
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From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Grant Support: By a Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research (K23AG045963; Dr. Kramer).

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-2519.

Requests for Single Reprints: Peter J. Zimetbaum, MD, 185 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA 02215; e-mail, pzimetba@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Kramer and Zimetbaum: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 185 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA 02115.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):787-788. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-00014
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In this issue, Dewland and colleagues evaluated the ability of baseline hourly PAC count to predict incident AF. The editorialists discuss the study and ask whether we should screen for PACs to predict incident AF or simply screen for prevalent AF in patients who will benefit most from treatment.

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