Rate Control versus Rhythm Control for Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation
ID Number 08-1078-00007Principal Investigator(s)
Annetine C Gelijns
Department(s) or Division(s)
Population Health Science and Policy
The purpose of the research is to compare two strategies for treating atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, both of which are referred to as AF, after cardiac surgery. AF is the most common complication after cardiac surgery. AF is when the upper chambers of the heart (atria) experiences disorganized electrical activity which causes the heart beat to be irregular. The two treatment strategies to be used in this study are called rhythm control and rate control. The rhythm control strategy will attempt to bring the patient's heart beat back to a regular rhythm using treatments known and approved to control heart rhythm. The rate control strategy will attempt to bring the patient's heart rate to less than 100 beats per minute at rest using medications known and approved to control heart rate. Both strategies are commonly used to treat AF. All of the medications that will be used in this study are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients experiencing AF. This research seeks to determine whether rhythm control is better than rate control in patients with AF after cardiac surgery.
Recruiting Patients: No