What is the incidence of embolic episodes in Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and how are they treated?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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Embolic episodes may occur in 1-3% of the patients converted from AF to sinus rhythm if the episodes are longer than 48 hours. In those patients, anticoagulation must be addressed prior to cardioversion, with consideration of a transesophageal echocardiogram to exclude left atrial thrombus.


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