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Executive Summary*: American College of Chest Physicians Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery

Peter P. McKeown, MBBS, MPH, MPA, FCCP; David Gutterman, MD, FCCP
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*From the Department of Surgery, Asheville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dr. McKeown), Asheville, NC; and the Department of Internal Medicine (Dr. Gutterman), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Correspondence to: Peter P. McKeown, MBBS, MPH, MPA, FCCP, Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 26805; e-mail: peter.mckeown@med.va.gov



Chest. 2005;128(2_suppl):1S-5S. doi:10.1378/chest.128.2_suppl.1S
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This evidence-based clinical practice guideline provides a summary of the most current literature on the management of postoperative atrial fibrillation following cardiac surgery, and provides recommendations for the prevention and management of this condition based on the reported scientific data. The expert panel that developed these guidelines relied on results from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that were identified through specified criteria related to predefined research questions. These questions focused on the following central areas:

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