Saturday, September 24, 2011

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Atrial fibrillation - classification AHA/ACC/ESC

1) First detected AF - It is the designation given when diagnosis has only recently been made.
2) Recurrent AF - When patient has experienced two or more episodes of AF.
3) Paroxysmal AF - Self terminating episodes that generally last less than 7 days (mostly <24 hr)
4) Persistent AF - Last more than 7 days and requires electrical or pharmacologic cardioversion.
5) Permanent AF - It has failed cardioversion and has been sustained for more than a year.

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