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Atrial fibrillation: Control or convert?

Foran, Catherine K. MSN, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000372208.66649.93
Department: Heart Beats

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, so recognizing it promptly is crucial. Treatment depends on the patient's clinical presentation—this article describes when to focus on rate control and when rhythm conversion takes priority.

Catherine K. Foran is an advanced practice nurse at Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.