Chronic atrial fibrillation. Success of serial cardioversion therapy and safety of oral anticoagulation.

  title={Chronic atrial fibrillation. Success of serial cardioversion therapy and safety of oral anticoagulation.},
  author={Isabelle Van Gelder and Harry J. G. M. Crijns and Robert G. Tieleman and Johan Br{\"u}gemann and Pieter-Jan de Kam and A. T. Marcel Gosselink and Freek W. A. Verheugt and Kong I. Lie},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={156 22},
BACKGROUND Serial electrical cardioversion is often used for treatment of atrial fibrillation, but its long-term efficacy has not been determined prospectively. OBJECTIVES To determine the long-term success rate of the serial electrical cardioversion approach in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation, to identify factors that predict its success, and to assess the efficacy and safety of oral anticoagulation in these patients. METHODS Patients with chronic (> 24 hours) atrial fibrillation… CONTINUE READING
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