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Prophylactic Antiarrhythmic Drug Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation

In patients with recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF), the hallmark of treatment has been the use of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs). These type of drugs are generally prescribed when AF episodes are frequent and/or symptomatic. Goals of therapy include reduction in the frequency and duration of episodes of arrhythmia as well an emerging goal of reducing mortality and hospitalizations associated with AF. Safety and efficacy are important factors when choosing an antiarrhythmic drug for the treatment of AF, hence, if AAD are required for maintenance of sinus rhythm, their safety profile, together with individual patient characteristics, should be of utmost concern.

Credits: Dr. Moisés Rodríguez-Mañero

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