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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2006 Nov;13(11):647-656
Management and prevention of postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery
McKeown PP, Nicolini M

Program Audience Primary care physicians. Educational Needs Addressed Atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery is a common problem that contributes to significant postoperative morbidity and is associated with increased costs and increased length of stay. Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative strategies can be used to reduce the incidence and complications of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Because of the extent of the problem, it is important for clinicians managing these patients be aware of current guidelines for the prevention and management of postoperative atrial fibrillation. Educational Objectives After participating in this CME activity, primary care physicians should be able to 1.Describe the incidence, etiology, and complications of postoperative atrial fibrillation 2. Outline the strategies for prevention of postoperative atrial fibrillation 3. Describe the current role of b blockers, amiodarone, and calcium channel blockers in the prevention and treatment of postoperative atrial fibrillation using evidence-based medicine 4. Discuss the controversies of anticoagulation in postoperative atrial fibrillation

Case Based Review, CME

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