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Atrial Fibrillation 2016 (Management of patients with)

Pocket Guidelines

Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
Invasive Electrophysiology and Ablation
Atrial Fibrillation

Publication Date: 2016

Chairperson and Co-Chairperson: Paulus Kirchhof & Stefano Benussi



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Table of Contents

  • Epidemiology and impact for patients
  • Diagnosis and timely detection of atrial fibrillation
  • Classification of atrial fibrillation
  • Detection and management of risk factors and concomitant cardiovascular diseases
    • Heart failure
  • Integrated management of patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke prevention therapy in atrial fibrillation patients
    • Left atrial appendage occlusion and exclusion
    • Secondary stroke prevention and anticoagulation after an intracerebral bleed
    • Bleeding in anticoagulated patients with atrial fibrillation
    • Combination therapy with oral anticoagulants and antiplatelets
  • Rate control therapy in atrial fibrillation.
  • Rhythm control therapy in atrial fibrillation
    • Acute restoration of sinus rhythm
    • Long-term antiarrhythmic drug therapy
    • Choice of rhythm control following treatment failure
    • Atrial fibrillation surgery
    • The Atrial Fibrillation Heart Team..
  • Specific situations
    • Frail and ‘elderly’ patients
    • Inherited cardiomyopathies, channelopathies, and accessory pathways
    • Sports and atrial fibrillation
    • Pregnancy
    • Postoperative atrial fibrillation
    • Atrial arrhythmias in grown-up patients with congenital heart disease
    • Management of atrial flutter
  • Patient involvement, education and self-management