rate control strategy (pharmacologic or invasive rate-control and anticoagulation)
DISEASE INTERVENTION COMPARISON RESULTS
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003 May 21;41(10):1690-6 Randomized Controlled Trial
IN StudyID: STAF 2003, atrial fibrillation, rate control strategy The Use of
rate control strategy (pharmacologic or invasive rate-control and anticoagulation)
As Treatment, Chronic
Is equal Than
rhythm control strategy (restoration and maintenance of sinus rhythm)
To combined major cardiovascular events (death, heart arrest, stroke, and systemic embolism): 6.09%/year in rate-c vs 5.54%/year in rhythm-c. Patients in sinus rhythm at 3 years were 0% in rate-c vs 23% in rhythm-c