Features June 2016 Issue

Study: Rate, Rhythm Control Both Effective in Treating Post-op Afib

Study: Rate, Rhythm Control Both Effective in Treating Post-op Afib

Atrial fibrillation is a common result of heart surgery, but a Cleveland Clinic study finds that rate, rhythm control are equally safe and beneficial.

An all-too-common consequence of heart surgery is atrial fibrillation (afib), an abnormal heart rhythm marked by the chaotic beating of the heartís upper chambers (atria). Instead of beating in a strong, synchronous rhythm with the lower chambers (ventricles), the atria quiver and do a poorer job moving blood into the ventricles, which pump it out to the rest of the body.

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