We’re Back (pain)!: Perioperative Atrial Fibrillation, Paracetamol and back pain

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Perioperative AFib and Long-Term Risk of Ischemic Stroke; Paracetamol not more effective than placebo in acute low back pain

Nathan and Amol want you to:

1. Understand that perioperative atrial fibrillation is associated with increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke.

2. Recognize that a high quality Randomized Controlled Trial demonstrates that paracetamol is not more effective than placebo for treating acute lower back pain.

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The papers

G Gialdini et al. Perioperative atrial fibrillation and the long-term risk of ischemic stroke. JAMA. 2014 Aug 13;312(6):616-22. (PubMed).

CM Williams et al. Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial. Lancet, published online July 24, 2014. (PubMed).

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