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Monday, May 20, 2019

AFib: Wait-and-See or Early Cardioversion

R.E.B.E.L.EM - May 20, 2019 - By Tarlan Hedayati
..."Author Conclusion: 
“In patients presenting to the emergency department with recent-onset, symptomatic atrial fibrillation, a wait-and-see approach was noninferior to early cardioversion in achieving a return to sinus rhythm at 4 weeks.”
Clinical Take Home Point:
Most patients with AF will convert spontaneously to sinus rhythm and, in the absence of hemodynamic compromise, there is no need to rush for rhythm control in the ED. It is difficult to predict which specific patients will convert spontaneously and over what period of time. Providers need to assess severity and duration of symptoms, access to follow-up, risks for CVA, and available anticoagulation strategies, amongst other factors, in the management of patients with AF. Based on this study, a delayed conversion strategy for a specific group of AF patients demonstrates similar rates of sinus rhythm at 4 weeks with no difference in potential risks or patient-reported quality of life as compared to an early cardioversion strategy."