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Intensive Care Med. 1997 Feb;23(2):196-7.

Cerebral thromboembolism after direct current cardioversion for pure atrial flutter.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital des Cadolles, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Abstract

The need for prophylactic anticoagulation before electrical cardioversion for atrial arrhythmias is clearly established in the case of atrial fibrillation. By contrast, such prophylaxis is not a current standard of care before cardioversion for pure atrial flutter, since this arrhythmia seems not to increase the risk of postcardioversion embolism. We present a patient who developed two cerebral embolisms 24 h after electrical cardioversion for pure atrial flutter. To our knowledge, this observation has not been previously reported.

PMID:
9069005
DOI:
10.1007/s001340050315
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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