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Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Simplicity Surrounded by Controversy

Eric N. Prystowsky, MD
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Northside Cardiology, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Requests for Reprints: Eric N. Prystowsky, MD, Northside Cardiology, 8333 Naab Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(3):244-246. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-126-3-199702010-00012
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Atrial fibrillation appears to be the most common sustained tachyarrhythmia encountered in clinical practice; it increases in frequency with age and the presence of structural heart disease [1]. It has neither the glamour of the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome nor the drama of sudden cardiac death, and it appears to be simple to treat. Yet no other arrhythmia is surrounded by so much controversy with regard to management strategies.

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