Prevention and management of perioperative arrhythmias in the thoracic surgical population Journal Article


Author: Amar, D.
Article Title: Prevention and management of perioperative arrhythmias in the thoracic surgical population
Abstract: Although bradyarrhythmias or malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmias have been reported in less than 1% of patients following noncardiac surgery, rapid atrial arrhythmias more frequently affect the elderly who undergo thoracic operations. This article focuses on new issues leading to the improved understanding of the pathophysiology and mechanisms of postoperative atrial arrhythmias. It discusses new risk factors and a prediction rule for postthoracotomy atrial fibrillation (AF), reviews prophylaxis and acute therapeutic interventions for postthoracotomy AF, and highlights the most recent recommendations of the American Heart Association Task Force on the management of patients who have AF with emphasis on preventing thromboembolic events. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: treatment outcome; prednisone; clinical trial; review; placebo; nonhuman; animals; risk factors; digoxin; risk factor; high risk patient; length of stay; adenosine; acetylsalicylic acid; thromboembolism; warfarin; heparin; anticoagulation; heart arrhythmia; perioperative complication; thorax surgery; heart atrium fibrillation; atorvastatin; verapamil; arrhythmias, cardiac; supraventricular tachycardia; thoracic surgical procedures; antiinflammatory agent; intraoperative complications; diltiazem; amiodarone; flecainide; ibutilide; propafenone
Journal Title: Anesthesiology Clinics
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1932-2275
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2008-06-01
Start Page: 325
End Page: 335
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.anclin.2008.01.001
PUBMED: 18456217
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: --- - "Cited By (since 1996): 5" - "Export Date: 17 November 2011" - "Source: Scopus"
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