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Management of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8210304     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is a common, poorly understood and difficult-to-treat arrhythmia. Although it tends to be treated in a similar fashion to chronic atrial fibrillation, its pathophysiology is different, and drugs commonly used for chronic atrial fibrillation may have only limited value in treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. A broad range of presenting clinical symptoms may be associated with this arrhythmia, and even in the asymptomatic patient, there may be a risk of serious thromboembolic events. In symptomatic patients, effective control of paroxysms with antiarrhythmic therapy can often be difficult, and the role of anticoagulation remains controversial. This review attempts to clarify these issues, by surveying the range of therapies available.
G Y Lip; M J Metcalfe; A P Rae
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Quarterly journal of medicine     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0033-5622     ISO Abbreviation:  Q. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1993 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-15     Completed Date:  1993-11-15     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401027     Medline TA:  Q J Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  467-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Stobhill General Hospital, Glasgow, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / therapeutic use
Atrial Fibrillation / complications,  drug therapy*
Sick Sinus Syndrome / complications,  etiology
Thromboembolism / prevention & control
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Comment In:
Q J Med. 1993 Oct;86(10):691-2   [PMID:  8255968 ]

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