Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine

Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery

Editors: Steinberg, Jonathan S. (Ed.)

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Cardiac surgery is performed on hundreds of thousands of patients a year, and can have an important beneficial impact on the outcomes of patients with coronary and valvular heart diseases. Despite the favorable recovery of most patients, some will have their post-operative period interrupted by the development of atrial fibrillation, with a host of potential complications including stroke. High risk subgroups may develop atrial fibrillation in more than half of cases, and often despite aggressive prophylactic measures. Treatment of atrial fibrillation and its aftermath can also add days to the hospital stay of the cardiac surgical patient. In an era of aggressive cost cutting and optimization of utilization of health care resources, the financial impact of this arrhythmic complication may be enormous.
Experimental studies have led to a greater understanding of the mechanism of atrial fibrillation and potential precipitating factors in the cardiac surgical patient. Prophylactic efforts with beta-blockers, antiarrhythmic drugs and atrial pacing are being used, or are being investigated in clinical trials. New methods of achieving prompt cardioversion with minimal disruption of patient care, and prevention of the thromboembolic complications of atrial fibrillation, are also important therapeutic initiatives. This text is designed to aid health care professionals in the treatment of their patients in the recovery period after cardiac surgery, and to instigate additional research efforts to limit the occurrence of, and the complications following, this tenacious postoperative arrhythmia.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Experimental Animal Models of Atrial Arrhythmias and Their Relevance to Post-Operative Atrial Arrhythmias that Occur in Humans Unergoing Cardiac Surgery

    Feld, Gregory K., MD

    Pages 1-18

  • Understanding the Pathophysiology of Atrial Fibrillation from Clinical Observations

    Mattson, Scott E., MD (et al.)

    Pages 19-35

  • Incidence, Timing and Outcome of Atrial Tachyarrhythmias After Cardiac Surgery

    Mitchell, L. Brent, MD

    Pages 37-50

  • Risk Factors for the Development of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation

    Ehlert, Frederick A., MD (et al.)

    Pages 51-80

  • The Impact of Atrial Fibrillation on Hospital Length of Stay After Cardiac Surgery

    Tamis, Jacqueline E., MD (et al.)

    Pages 81-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery
Editors
  • Jonathan S. Steinberg
Series Title
Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine
Series Volume
222
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-585-28007-3
DOI
10.1007/b102373
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-8655-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-5112-0
Series ISSN
0166-9842
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 169
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