Acute Management of Atrial Fibrillation: From Emergency Department to Cardiac Care Unit.
Cardiol Clin. 2018 Feb;36(1):141-159
Authors: Atzema CL, Singh SM
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation is increasing rapidly, resulting in more patients presenting for care in the emergency department and in-hospital settings. To reduce morbidity and mortality, and improve patient quality of life, clinicians working in these settings need to be both current and facile in their approach to management of these patients. Frequent updates to guideline recommendations (based on emerging research) make this challenging for practicing physicians. This article reviews the acute management of atrial fibrillation in the emergency and in-hospital settings, including practical approaches to rhythm and rate control, anticoagulation, and special situations, incorporating the most up-to-date guidelines.
PMID: 29173675 [PubMed - in process]