When is inpatient monitoring necessary for pharmacologic cardioversion in atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The FDA mandates inpatient monitoring for dofetilide initiation. Patients who start sotalol usually require inpatient monitoring (for torsade de pointes), although patients with no heart disease, with a QT interval less than 450 msec, and with normal electrolyte levels should be started on outpatient medications.


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