Evaluation and management of atrial fibrillation

Med Clin North Am. 2001 Mar;85(2):225-44, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(05)70314-x.


Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia with significant sequela. The goals of treating atrial fibrillation are rate control, prevention of thromboembolism, and maintenance of sinus rhythm. The epidemiology and pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation is reviewed, as well as strategies and recommendations for achieving therapeutic goals. The authors also review investigational therapeutic options using nonpharmacologic modalities.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Atrial Fibrillation* / epidemiology
  • Atrial Fibrillation* / physiopathology
  • Atrial Fibrillation* / therapy
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial* / methods
  • Catheter Ablation* / methods
  • Electric Countershock* / methods
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Conduction System / physiopathology*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents