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Rapid-access arrhythmia clinics are highly effective at diagnosing patients and ensuring prompt initiation of treatment, researchers conclude.
The average time from referral by a GP to assessment was one day and 40 per cent of patients had significant cardiac arrhythmia, according to the study in Heart (August).
GPs referred 984 patients over two years to a London clinic. The most common condition diagnosed was atrial fibrillation, with warfarin treatment required in 21 per cent of patients. Other arrhythmias detected included conduction disorders and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia.