Chapter 35. Atrial Fibrillation: Rhythm and Rate Control Therapies

  1. Salim Yusuf DPhil, FRCPC, FRSC Research Chair Professor of Medicine Director Vice President Research3,4,5,
  2. John A Cairns MD, FRCPC Professor of Medicine Former Dean6,
  3. A John Camm MD British Heart Foundation Professor Head of Cardiac7,
  4. Ernest L Fallen MD, FRCPC Professor Emeritus8 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh MB, ChB, DPhil Consultant Professor of Medicine9
  1. Irina Savelieva MD1,
  2. Albert L Waldo MD2 and
  3. A John Camm MD British Heart Foundation Professor Head of Cardiac7

Published Online: 21 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch35

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Savelieva, I., Waldo, A. L. and Camm, A. J. (2009) Atrial Fibrillation: Rhythm and Rate Control Therapies, in Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch35

Editor Information

  1. 3

    McMaster University, Canada

  2. 4

    Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada

  3. 5

    Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  4. 6

    Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  5. 7

    St George's University of London, London, UK

  6. 8

    McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  7. 9

    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Cardiology, Division of Cardiac and Vascular Science, St George's University of London, London, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve, University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

  3. 7

    St George's University of London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159258

Online ISBN: 9781444309768

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Keywords:

  • arrhythmias;
  • atrial fibrillation - rhythm and rate control therapies;
  • principles of therapy - primary prevention, secondary prevention;
  • studies of rate and rhythm control strategies;
  • pharmacologic cardioversion for atrial fibrillation;
  • new agents for pharmacologic cardioversion - vernakalant;
  • antiarrhythmic drug use after left atrial ablation;
  • atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery - prevalence and risk factors

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Principles of therapy

  • Studies of rate and rhythm control strategies

  • Pharmacologic cardioversion for atrial fibrillation

  • Antiarrhythmic drugs and electrical cardioversion

  • New agents for pharmacologic cardioversion

  • Prevention of atrial fibrillation

  • Where to initiate antiarrhythmic drug therapy

  • Antiarrhythmic drug use after left atrial ablation

  • Pharmacologic rate control

  • Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery

  • Conclusion

  • References