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Acad Emerg Med. 2019 Oct 18. doi: 10.1111/acem.13874. [Epub ahead of print]

Hot Off the Press: Chemical Versus Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation.

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1
From the, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
2
Markham Stouffville Hospital, Markham, Ontario, Canada.
3
the, Lewis-Gale Medical Center, Salem, VA.
4
and the, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Western Ontario, Goderich, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a significant dysrhythmia that often requires treatment in the emergency department (ED). This can be performed with rhythm control using electrical or chemical cardioversion or with rate control. There is widespread variation in management of AF within Canada and worldwide. This study focuses on rhythm control techniques, comparing ED length of stay when using an electrical-first strategy versus a chemical-first strategy of cardioversion.

PMID:
31626719
DOI:
10.1111/acem.13874

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