Special Cases in Acute Heart Failure Syndromes: Atrial Fibrillation and Wide Complex Tachycardia

Peter S. Pang*, Mihai Gheorghiade

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Hospitalization for acute heart failure syndromes (AHFS) results in substantial in-hospital and postdischarge morbidity and mortality. Management of AHFS presents significant challenges, given the heterogeneity of the patient population and the differing etiologies underlying why patients present with acute decompensation. Arrhythmias in the setting of AHFS, such as atrial fibrillation and wide complex tachycardia, present additional challenges. Compounding this challenge is the paucity of evidence on which to base early management. General principles for the management of atrial fibrillation and wide complex tachycardia in the setting of emergency department AHFS are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-123
Number of pages11
JournalHeart Failure Clinics
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Acute heart failure syndromes
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Wide complex tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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