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Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation After Surgical Repair of the Mitral Valve

ARTHUR SELZER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOHN J. KELLY JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.; FRANK GERBODE, M.D.; WILLIAM J. KERTH, M.D.; JAMES E. BLACKLEY, M.D.; JOHN J. MORGAN, M.B., M.R.A.C.P.; and K. KEYANI, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(6):1213-1222. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-62-6-1213
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Atrial fibrillation, a common sequel to mitral valvular disease, profoundly affects the course of the disease. It adversely affects the performance of the heart; significant symptoms may first be produced by the onset of atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, it introduces the appreciable risk of systemic embolization. Consequently, the opportunity for the restoration of sinus rhythm after successful mitral valve surgery is considered one of the desirable goals of surgical treatment of the mitral valve. The purpose of this study is the determination of the effectiveness of treatment of atrial fibrillation after mitral valve surgery. A comparison between quinidine therapy and the

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