Contemporary management of atrial fibrillation: a brief review

Yu-Zeng Xue, Lexin Wang

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Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia with a prevalence of up to 10% in patients who are 80 yearsand older. There has been some significant progress in the understanding and management of AF in recent years. Large-scaleclinical trials have provided solid evidence in supporting the role of anti-thrombotic therapies in the prevention of stroke inmoderate to high risk patients. Appropriate control of the ventricular rate or the maintenance of sinus rhythm offers long-termbenefits in specific groups of patients. Catheter ablation or 'Maze' surgery has proven to be curative to some patients. However,the implementation of the evidence-based therapeutic strategies in the day-to-day care of the AF patients have been found tovary greatly from one institution to another, some of which are hindering the achievement of optimal long-term outcomes. In this brief review, some of the key strategies in the evidence-based management of AF are discussed, with particular emphasison anti-thrombotic therapy, rhythm or rate control, as well as catheter ablation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Medical Sciences
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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