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Risk Factors for the Development of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation

  • Frederick A. Ehlert
  • Dhiraj D. Narula
  • Jonathan S. Steinberg
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 222)

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent event following cardiac surgery, occurring in up to 40% of patients [1-5]. The arrhythmia itself is often benign such that its occurrence is sometimes not labeled as a “complication” even so, postoperative AF is associated with an increased length of hospital stay following cardiac surgery. In addition, the sequellae of postoperative AF can be severe and even life-threatening including hemodynamic compromise and thromboemboli. As such, a thorough knowledge of the risk factors associated with the development of the arrhythmia is warranted. Furthermore, it is essential that this understanding include the underlying mechanisms by which these risk factors predispose, and to seek prevention and early treatment of postoperative AF.

Keywords

Atrial Fibrillation Leave Ventricular Ejection Fraction Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Cardiopulmonary Bypass Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick A. Ehlert
    • 1
  • Dhiraj D. Narula
    • 1
  • Jonathan S. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew York

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