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University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

Specialty

Cardiology

Advisor

Thomas Colletti, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to provide an overall review of atrial fibrillation including pathophysiology, risk factors, classifications, presentation, evaluation, and management options.

Method: A review will be completed by utilizing literature libraries of peer-reviewed research articles. When utilizing PubMed, 12 articles discussing atrial fibrillation were identified and will be used to complete this review. Additional sources may be used as the project develops over time.

Results: A review of atrial fibrillation can offer benefits to those practicing in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Critical Care, Primary Care, and Emergency Medicine.

Conclusion: By completing a review of atrial fibrillation, practitioners will be more prepared in the future to recognize and treat this arrhythmia which may lead to better outcomes for patients.

Keywords: atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation, arrhythmia, ablation, pharmacological therapy

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