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Rhythm management for atrial fibrillation is a subject of intense interest. In this review, the two main strategies for rhythm management in atrial fibrillation, the “heart rate control” strategy and the “heart rhythm control” strategy, are discussed under several headings. Some of the...
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most potent common risk factor for ischemic stroke. The number of Americans with nonvalvular AF is expected to increase markedly over the next several decades, making AF-related stroke an important public health concern. Given the individual and societal burden...
Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Based on multiple large randomized trials, rate control therapy has been shown to be safe and effective and is gaining greater acceptance as a frontline alternative to drugs to maintain sinus rhythm. Adequate rate control can be...
A rhythm control strategy based on a combination of antiarrhythmic drugs and electrical cardioversion(s) has emerged as a viable alternative for treatment of atrial fibrillation, particularly when the arrhythmia is associated with symptoms, which may be poorly tolerated, or with congestive heart...
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a significant cause of morbidity and health care expenditures. Patients with AF suffer a variety of symptoms including chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some patients have no symptoms, a condition referred to as asymptomatic or “silent”...
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