2014 Oman heart association protocol for the management of acute atrial fibrillation

Mohammed H. El-Deeb*, Kadhim J. Sulaiman, Abdullah A. Al Riyami, Najib Al Rawahi, Adil B. Al Riyami, Mohamed Al Mukhaini, Mohamed B. Al Riyami, Mansour Sallam, Said Abdul Rahman, Hisham S. Abbas, Gamal S. Hamad, Prashanth Panduranga

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Although atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, there is variation in practice with regard to the management of acute AF among the hospitals and even within the same hospital in Oman. This variation likely reflects a lack of high-quality evidence. Standard guidelines and textbooks do not offer clear evidence-based direction for physicians to guide the management of acute AF. Particularly controversial is the issue of using rhythm control or rate control. This stimulated Oman Heart Association (OHA) to issue a simplified protocol for the management of acute AF to be applied by the entire cardiac caregivers all over the country. The priorities for acute management of AF include stabilizing the patient's hemodynamic status, symptom control, treatment of the underlying and precipitating cause, and more importantly protecting the brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Pathways in Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


  • atrial fibrillation, direct current cardioversion, rate control, rhythm control, non-dihydropyridine calcium channel antagonists, β blockers, digoxin, amiodarone, flecainide, anticoagulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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