Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia likely to be encountered in clinical practice. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation can be complex and costly, especially when patients are hospitalized for acute management of this arrhythmia. In this review, we summarize current approaches to the acute management of atrial fibrillation with an emphasis on the most cost-effective approaches. We review acute methods of heart rate control and cardioversion, including pharmacologic and other minimally invasive strategies. We believe that the most cost-effective approaches may require the use of standardized clinical pathways. This may help to ensure that patients with acute atrial fibrillation receive the most effective and efficient care. Curr Opin Cardiol 2000, 15:23-28 (C) 2000 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine