Case of the Month #8 - atrial fibrillation

Published 03/02/2022

What would be your approach to long term management?

  • New AF will resolve in around 86% of cases prior to discharge from critical care. 
  • Sepsis survivors who experience new AF in critical care are more likely to go on to develop AF, and ischaemic stroke, after discharge. Suitable surveillance is advised. 
  • In cases of persistent AF, the CHA2DS2VASc and HAS-BLED scores can be used to calculate relative risk-benefit of anticoagulation