Is delayed cardioversion the better approach in recent-onset atrial fibrillation? Yes.

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Summary of "Is delayed cardioversion the better approach in recent-onset atrial fibrillation? Yes."

Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in primary care practice and represents a significant burden on the health care system with a higher than expected hospitalization rate from the emergency department. The first goal of therapy is to assess the patient's symptoms and hemodynamic status. There are multiple acute management strategies for atrial fibrillation including heart rate control, immediate direct-current cardioversion, or pharmacologic cardioversion. Given the variety of approaches to acute atrial fibrillation, it is often difficult to consistently provide cost-effectiveness care. The likelihood of spontaneous conversion of acute atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm is reported to be really high. Although active cardioversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation is generally considered to be safe, the question arises of whether the strategy of immediate treatment for a condition that is likely to resolve spontaneously is acceptable for hemodynamically stable patients. Based on published data, non-managed acute treatment of atrial fibrillation appears to be cost-saving. The observation of a patient with recent-onset atrial fibrillation in a dedicated unit within the emergency department reduces the need for acute cardioversion in almost two-thirds of the patients, and reduces the median length of stay, without negatively affecting long-term outcome, thus reducing the related health care costs. However, to let these results broadly applicable, defined treatment algorithms and access to prompt follow-up are needed, which may not be practical in all settings.


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Name: Internal and emergency medicine
ISSN: 1970-9366


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Rapid, irregular atrial contractions caused by a block of electrical impulse conduction in the right atrium and a reentrant wave front traveling up the inter-atrial septum and down the right atrial free wall or vice versa. Unlike ATRIAL FIBRILLATION which is caused by abnormal impulse generation, typical atrial flutter is caused by abnormal impulse conduction. As in atrial fibrillation, patients with atrial flutter cannot effectively pump blood into the lower chambers of the heart (HEART VENTRICLES).

Impaired or delayed impulse conduction between the right and left HEART ATRIA. Advanced interatrial blocks are often associated with arrhythmias (e.g., ATRIAL FLUTTER; and ATRIAL FIBRILLATION), direct conduction block via the Bachmann's bundle and concomitant left atrial enlargement. Syndrome of advanced interatrial block associated with SUPRAVENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA is referred to as Bayes syndrome.

Long-term changes in the electrophysiological parameters and/or anatomical structures of the HEART ATRIA that result from prolonged changes in atrial rate, often associated with ATRIAL FIBRILLATION or long periods of intense EXERCISE.

A condition caused by dysfunctions related to the SINOATRIAL NODE including impulse generation (CARDIAC SINUS ARREST) and impulse conduction (SINOATRIAL EXIT BLOCK). It is characterized by persistent BRADYCARDIA, chronic ATRIAL FIBRILLATION, and failure to resume sinus rhythm following CARDIOVERSION. This syndrome can be congenital or acquired, particularly after surgical correction for heart defects.

A cardiotonic glycoside obtained mainly from Digitalis lanata; it consists of three sugars and the aglycone DIGOXIGENIN. Digoxin has positive inotropic and negative chronotropic activity. It is used to control ventricular rate in ATRIAL FIBRILLATION and in the management of congestive heart failure with atrial fibrillation. Its use in congestive heart failure and sinus rhythm is less certain. The margin between toxic and therapeutic doses is small. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p666)

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