An overview of atrial fibrillation
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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.

Correspondence gaynor.richards@rbch.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 26, 52,47-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.08.26.52.47.c9254

Published in print: 29 August 2012

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review