Corticosteroids prevented atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery: COMMENTARY

Knight, Bradley P.
September 2007
ACP Journal Club;Sept/Oct2007, Vol. 147 Issue 2, p36
Academic Journal
The article reports on prevention of atrial fibrillation by using corticosteroids after cardiac surgery in patients. It reports on evidences favoring that inflammation is related to a higher risk for atrial fibrillation. By giving intravenous hydrocortisone from the evening after cardiac surgery till three days, the risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation is reported to have been lessened from 48% to 30%. Several limitations including low generalizability and hospital stay issues are offered.


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