Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Masoor Kamalesh, Adam Cerel, Andrew J. Burger, Douglas R. Geraets, Sudha M. Pai, Ramdas G. Pai, Edward L.c. Pritchett

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To the Editor: In his article on atrial fibrillation, Dr. Pritchett (May 7 issue)1 did not mention atrial fibrillation after coronary-artery bypass surgery. Atrial arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation, occur in 5 to 40 percent of patients after coronary-artery bypass surgery.2 Although postoperative atrial fibrillation is usually self-limited, it can lead to embolic stroke or hemodynamic compromise or can be sustained.2 One proposed mechanism for postoperative atrial fibrillation is the discontinuation of treatment with beta-adrenergic antagonists preoperatively.3 A recent meta-analysis3 of 12 studies with more than 2400 patients of the effectiveness of prophylactic drug therapy in preventing supraventricular arrhythmias early after…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1032
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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    Kamalesh, M., Cerel, A., Burger, A. J., Geraets, D. R., Pai, S. M., Pai, R. G., & Pritchett, E. L. C. (1992). Management of Atrial Fibrillation. New England Journal of Medicine, 327(14), 1031-1032.