AF common in month after cardiac surgery, study finds

A usual-care approach only detects a tenth of patients experiencing AF episodes, data show

One in five patients discharged home after cardiac surgery are likely to have atrial fibrillation episodes during the 30 days post-surgery, Canadian researchers report.

ECG showing AF

But only a tenth of these patients will be picked up by a usual-care approach to detecting AF, their study shows.

In the study, 336 patients without preoperative AF who had undergone cardiac surgery (median CHA2DS2-VASc score of 4, mean age 67, 22% female) were