2011 ACCF/AHA/HRS Focused Update on the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (Updating the 2006 Guideline)

December 20, 2010—This guideline update is based on a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. This document has been retired and replaced by "2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Atrial Arrhythmias
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It focuses on several areas in which new data on the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have become available, including:

  • catheter ablation and its usefulness in maintaining normal sinus rhythm in AF patients
  • recommendations for heart rate control
  • combined use of antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy
  • use of dronedarone

These updated guideline recommendations on the treatment of AF reflect a consensus of expert opinion after a thorough review, primarily of late-breaking clinical trials and other new data. The full-text guidelines published in 2006 remain current with the exception of the recommendations presented in this document.