The Value of Quinidine in the Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation after Mitral Valvuloplasty

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION is the characteristic arrhythmia of the advanced stages of mitral stenosis, being present in 40 per cent of such cases. Paradoxically, mitral valve surgery, which relieves the obstruction and reduces the hemodynamic overload of the left atrium, frequently precipitates either transient or permanent atrial fibrillation. The reported… (More)