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Efficacy of sequential antiarrhythmic treatment in sinus rhythm maintenance after successful electrocardioversion in patients with chronic nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Dariusz Kosior, Grzegorz Opolski, Adam Torbicki

Med Sci Monit 2001; 7(1): CR68-73 :: ID: 510905

Abstract

Background: Sequential use of antiarrhythmic drugs may improve prognosis in chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). We conducted a prospective study of the efficacy of sequential antiarrhythmic drug therapy in sinus rhythm (SR) maintenance after a successful electrocardioversion (CV) in pts with chronic AF.
Material/Methods: 58 pts (64.3&plusm;4.3 years old) with chronic AF underwent CV. After SR restoration (Group I) pts received one of the following antiarrhythmic drugs (Drug I): propafenone, sotalol or disopyramide. In case of arrhythmia recurrence, second CV was performed and pts received another drug from those mentioned above (Drug II). If treatment proved to be unsuccessful pts received amiodarone (Drug III) and third CV was attempted. After first unsuccessful CV (Group II) pts received a loading dose of amiodarone and another CV was attempted. In case of SR restoration amiodarone was administered continuously.
Results: After 12 months 81% pts were on SR; 85% pts received amiodarone continuously. After 1 year 6 (10%) pts presented with SR treated with Drug I (median 71 days); Drug II proved to be ineffective in all patients (median 27 days). 28 pts continued to receive amiodarone (no median).
Conclusions: sequential antiarrhythmic drug therapy improves arrhythmia prognosis in AF within a 12-month observation period. Amiodarone seems to be the most effective antiarrhythmic drug also in pts who required second CV proceeded by amiodarone treatment to restore SR.

Keywords: Atrial Fibrillation, antiarrhythmic treatment, electrocardioversion

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