Drugs as Pretreatment before Electrical Cardioversion

  • G. L. Botto
  • M. Luzi
  • A. Sagone
Conference paper


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia found in clinical practice [1] and is associated with a doubling of overall morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease compared to healthy population [2]. While electrical cardioversion (CV) is a widely used and potentially definitive treatment for AF, it is not always successful. Even when sinus rhythm (SR) is achieved, the arrhythmia often recurs. Antiarrhythmic drugs may potentially augment electrical CV efficacy, and may facilitate maintenance of SR. However, use of these agents is not without risk.


Atrial Fibrillation Antiarrhythmic Drug Early Recurrence Chronic Atrial Fibrillation Electrical Cardioversion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. L. Botto
    • 1
  • M. Luzi
    • 1
  • A. Sagone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyS. Anna HospitalComoItaly

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