Effectiveness of Bi-atrial Pacing for Reducing Atrial Fibrillation after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

@article{Gerstenfeld2001EffectivenessOB,
  title={Effectiveness of Bi-atrial Pacing for Reducing Atrial Fibrillation after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery},
  author={Edward P Gerstenfeld and Michelle S C Khoo and Raquel C Martin and James R Cook and Robert A Lancey and Karen Rofino and Thomas J. Vander Salm and Robert S. Mittleman},
  journal={Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={5},
  pages={275-283}
}
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common after cardiac surgery and adds significant cost and morbidity. The use of prophylactic pacing strategies to prevent post-operative AF has been controversial. We previously performed a pilot study which suggested that the combination of beta-blockers and bi-atrial pacing (BAP) may reduce AF after cardiac surgery. We prospectively randomized 118 patients to continuous BAP for up to 96 hours post-operatively versus standard therapy. All patients were treated with… CONTINUE READING