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RAFF2: Electrical vs Pharmacological Cardioversion for ED Patients with Acute Atrial Fibrillation

Background: Acute atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common dysrhythmias seen in the emergency department (ED). There has been extensive discussion and debate about the best way to manage acute AF centered around rate and rhythm control.  However, …

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Cardiovascular

Comparison of Chemical vs Electrical Cardioversion of Acute Uncomplicated Atrial Fibrillation

Background Information: Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly encountered dysrhythmia in the emergency department (ED) and is associated with an increased long-term risk of stroke, heart-failure and all-cause mortality.1,2 In fact, the overall mortality rate for patients with atrial fibrillation is …

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Cardiovascular

The BEST AF Trial: What is the Optimal Energy Selection for Cardioversion in Patients with Afib?

Background:There are two trains of thought in using transthoracic direct current cardioversion (DCCV) when it comes to converting atrial fibrillation.  The first is an escalating energy approach which allows cardioversion to occur at the lowest energy for each individual patient …

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Cardiovascular

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