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Korean Circ J. 2018 Dec;48(12):1033-1080. doi: 10.4070/kcj.2018.0339.

2018 Korean Guideline of Atrial Fibrillation Management.

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1
Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. cby6908@yuhs.ac.
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Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical College, Seoul, Korea.
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Department of Cardiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
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Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
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Division of Cardiology, Eulji University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
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Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
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Department of Cardiology, Ewha Woman University, Seoul, Korea.
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Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
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Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Daegu Catholic University, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in the general population. The Korean Heart Rhythm Society organized a Korean AF Management Guideline Committee and analyzed all available studies regarding the management of AF, including studies on Korean patients. This guideline is based on recent data of the Korean population and the recent guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology, European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, and Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society. Expert consensus or guidelines for the optimal management of Korean patients with AF were achieved after a systematic review with intensive discussion. This article provides general principles for appropriate risk stratification and selection of anticoagulation therapy in Korean patients with AF. This guideline deals with optimal stroke prevention, screening, rate and rhythm control, risk factor management, and integrated management of AF.

KEYWORDS:

Anticoagulants; Atrial fibrillation; Guideline; Therapy

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