Kieran Quinn is back with Daniel Marinescu, fellow in Respirology at the University of Toronto. Together they cover the SUNSET trial on long-term triple therapy de-escalation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the risk of thromboembolism associated with post-operative atrial fibrillation.
The new Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines on COPD outline that patients without exacerbations should not receive inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). The benefit of ICS is in preventing exacerbations; however, the risks of ICS include increased risk of pneumonia and other infections. Dan summarizes a randomized-controlled trial on the safety of de-prescribing inhaled corticosteroids in patients with COPD on triple therapy without frequent exacerbations.
The incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation after noncardiac surgery is around 0.3 to 4%, much less common than after cardiac surgery. Kieran covers a retrospective matched cohort study on the risk of thromboembolism in patients that developed non-valvular atrial fibrillation post-operatively after noncardiac surgery compared to those who developed atrial fibrillation during a hospitalization event.
Finally, the Good Stuff segment. Dan shares a creative piece that compares losing empathy to losing power steering in an old car and the need to refuel. Kieran discusses a piece on shifting our focus on therapies that extend life to those that improve overall quality of life.
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2. Post-op Atrial Fibrillation: http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/72/17/2027
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