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An overview of atrial fibrillation.

Cardiac Intervention Unit, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth.
Nursing standard: official newspaper of the Royal College of Nursing 08/2012; 26(52):47-56; quiz 58. DOI: 10.7748/ns2012.08.26.52.47.c9254
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ABSTRACT Atrial fibrillation (AF) may be encountered in primary, secondary and tertiary settings, and nurses are likely to care for patients with this condition. This article focuses on the pathophysiology, clinical manifestation and management of patients with AF. Diagnosis and treatment are discussed, particularly in the light of managing thromboembolic risk.

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