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what is the early management of af?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Rate control: Initially, controlling heart rate and symptoms are essential. Once chronicity and risk of thromboembolism is considered, then anticoagulation and after that attempts at restoration of rhythm can be made.
Dr. Barry Bellovin
Cardiology 43 years experience
Attempts to restore or maintain a normal rhythm are often helpful, but are not required in every case, especially if you're not having any symptoms from the AF.
Feb 5, 2012
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Rate control: Medication is given acutely to control the heart rate. Anticoagulation is next. A search for underlying heart disease and causes of af is next. Further plans depend on the above.

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