Outpatient cardioversion of atrial arrhythmias: efficacy, safety, and costs.

@article{Botkin2003OutpatientCO,
  title={Outpatient cardioversion of atrial arrhythmias: efficacy, safety, and costs.},
  author={Sally Birger Botkin and Leela S Dhanekula and Brian Olshansky},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={145 2},
  pages={233-8}
}
BACKGROUND Outpatient direct current (DC) cardioversion is performed routinely, yet scant data support this approach. We studied the efficacy, safety, and costs of outpatient cardioversion. METHODS A retrospective analysis of outpatient cardioversions was performed in a 5-year period at an academic medical center in 532 consecutive outpatients with an atrial tachyarrhythmia. The protocol included anticoagulation (international normalized ratio >or=2.0) for >or=4 consecutive weekly draws and… CONTINUE READING