An overview of atrial fibrillation
Gaynor Richards Arrhythmia nurse specialist, Cardiac Intervention Unit, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth
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.
Nursing Standard. 26, 52,47-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.08.26.52.47.c9254
Published in print: 29 August 2012Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review