What are guidelines for the initial treatment of asymptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Results from the Atrial Fibrillation Follow-up Investigation of Rhythm Management (AFFIRM) study and similar findings from the smaller Rate Control Versus Electrical Cardioversion (RACE) trial [68]  led to the development of consensus guidelines that recommend an initial rate-control strategy for the majority of asymptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).


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