Cardiology  |  Atrial Fibrillation Pathway - Criteria for Urgent Cardioversion


Atrial Fibrillation Pathway - Criteria for Urgent Cardioversion

Refer any patient with:

  • Haemodynamic compromise - see Red Flag Emergency

  • Definite history of onset within the previous 48hours - particularly patients with paroxysmal AF and history of not spontaneously reverting. The 48 hour window is critical. Outside 48 hours, those considered for cardioversion require one months anitcoagulation prior.

    Patients with minimal symptoms and first episode of AF whatever the duration should not require acute cardioversion - if you are unsure, please contact the cardiologist

For further information please refer to the RACE and AFFIRM trials.

Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016

Disclaimer: This site is intended to be flexible and frequently updated. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, all information should be verified.