Atrial Fibrillation

Jun 1, 2007 Issue
Adenosine vs. Calcium Channel Blockers for Supraventricular Tachycardia [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Adenosine and verapamil (Calan, Isoptin SR) are equally effective for treating acute supra-ventricular tachycardia in adults. Patients treated with adenosine have a higher rate of minor, transient adverse effects than patients treated with verapamil; however, rare but serious adverse effects may be ...

May 15, 2007 Issue
Joint Guideline Released for Atrial Fibrillation [Practice Guidelines]

A joint guideline for atrial fibrillation has been released by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), and European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This guideline assists physicians by describing diagnosis and management options.

Dec 1, 2005 Issue
Pharmacologic Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter [Cochrane for Clinicians]

There is no evidence that rhythm control in older patients with atrial fibrillation is more effective than rate control for improving patient-oriented outcomes.

May 15, 2004 Issue
AAFP and ACP Release Practice Guideline on Management of Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation [Practice Guidelines]

The Joint Panel of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have developed recommendations for adult patients with first-detected atrial fibrillation.

May 1, 2004 Issue
Atrial Fibrillation (Acute) [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of interventions to prevent embolism? What are the effects of interventions for conversion to sinus rhythm? What are the effects of interventions to control heart rate?

Jul 15, 2002 Issue
Acute Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Part I. Rate and Rhythm Control [Article]

Atrial fibrillation is the arrhythmia most commonly encountered in family practice. Serious complications can include congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, and thromboembolism. Initial treatment is directed at controlling the ventricular rate, most often with a calcium channel blocker, a ...

Jul 15, 2002 Issue
Acute Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Part II. Prevention of Thromboembolic Complications [Article]

Family physicians should be familiar with the acute management of atrial fibrillation and the initiation of chronic therapy for this common arrhythmia. Initial management should include hemodynamic stabilization, rate control, restoration of sinus rhythm, and initiation of antithrombotic therapy. Pa...

Aug 01, 1998 Issue
Drugs for Conversion of Atrial Fibrillation [Article]

Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in patients visiting a primary care practice. Although many patients with atrial fibrillation experience relief of symptoms with control of the heart rate, some patients require restoration of sinus rhythm. External direct current (DC) cardioversion ...

Jul 01, 1998 Issue
Indications for Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation [Article]

Factors associated with an increased risk of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) include increasing age, rheumatic heart disease, poor left ventricular function, previous myocardial infarction, hypertension and a past history of a thromboembolic event. Patients with AF sh...

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