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Comparative Effectiveness of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation [Internet]

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) commissioned this report to review the evidence for the clinical effects and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). Over the past decade, RFA has rapidly evolved as a tool for managing AF in select patients. This rapid evolution has been driven by an enhanced understanding of the triggers and etiology of AF and the development of advanced catheter and imaging technologies.

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US).

Version: July 2009
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Adjunctive antiarrhythmic drug therapy in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review

This review assessed the use of adjunctive anti-arrhythmic drug therapy to reduce the risk of implantable cardioverter defibrillator shock therapies. The authors concluded that only amiodarone appears effective but it cannot be routinely recommended because of potential safety concerns. The review was generally well-conducted, but limited evidence and differences between the studies suggest a more cautious conclusion may be appropriate.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews [Internet] - Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK).

Version: 2007

Interventions for the treatment of atrial fibrillation: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis

BACKGROUND: To perform a systematic review/meta-analysis evaluating the efficacy and safety of anti-arrhythmic drugs (AADs) in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF).

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews [Internet] - Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK).

Version: 2013

Treatment of atrial fibrillation with antiarrhythmic drugs or radiofrequency ablation: two systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses

This review found that radiofrequency ablation yielded higher efficacy rates and lower complication rates than antiarrhythmic drug therapy for atrial fibrillation and that these findings should be treated with caution due to differences in trial methodologies, patient characteristics and relative severity of complications. Due to a number of methodological issues, the results of this review should be interpreted with caution.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews [Internet] - Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK).

Version: 2009

Antiarrhythmics for maintaining sinus rhythm after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a disease where the heart rhythm is irregular (this is called arrhythmia) and too fast (this is called tachycardia, from the Greek "tachy" meaning fast). Atrial fibrillation may produce complications, either in the heart (heart failure, syncope) or in other organs (mainly causing embolisms, which is the formation of blood clots in the cavities of the heart that may then travel to other places, for example the brain).

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2012

Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation [Internet]

There are two generally accepted strategies for managing atrial fibrillation (AF): rate control and rhythm control. However, within each strategic approach there are a large number of potential pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies, and the comparative safety and effectiveness of these therapies—both within and between strategies—are uncertain.

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US).

Version: June 2013
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Dietary Supplements in Adults Taking Cardiovascular Drugs [Internet]

A substantial proportion of patients with cardiovascular diseases use dietary supplements in anticipation of benefit. This also poses risks of adverse events from supplement-drug interactions and nonadherence associated with polypharmacy.

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US).

Version: April 2012
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Medical Encyclopedia

  • Atrial Fibrillation
    Atrial fibrillation, or AF, is the most common type of arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.
  • Arrhythmia
    An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.
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