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May 17, 2006

Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation Following Cardiac Surgery

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(19):2247-2248. doi:10.1001/jama.295.19.2247-a

To the Editor: Atrial tachyarrhythmia is a common complication following cardiac surgery and is associated with significant morbidity and increased costs.1 The study by Dr Mitchell and colleagues2 reports a reduced risk for atrial tachyarrhythmias after cardiac surgery with the use of prophylactic amiodarone therapy. Randomization was stratified for subgroups defined by age, type of surgery, and use of preoperative β-blockers.