Atrial Fibrillation and Mitral Valve Repair

Angelika Jovin, MD; Dana A. Oprea, MD; Ion S. Jovin, MD; Sabet W. Hashim, MD; Jude F. Clancy, MD


Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2008;31(8):1057-1063. 

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AF is frequently associated with mitral valve repair and modern surgery for MR often includes therapy for AF. Preoperative AF may impact the outcomes of patients undergoing mitral repair surgery, but the data are not conclusive and it is not clear how the surgical therapy of AF impacts later outcomes. Postoperative AF is frequent after mitral repair and is often self-limited. However, data suggest that it negatively impacts long-term outcomes. Anticoagulation for patients in AF after mitral valve repair is clearly established, but regimens for patients in SR vary widely.

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