Rate and rhythm control medications for atrial fibrillation: Do adverse effects outweigh benefits?
Kelly T. Gleason, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Laura Samuel, PhD, RN, ANP, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Guidelines for managing atrial fibrillation currently recommend rhythm and rate control for individuals who report bothersome symptoms of atrial fibrillation. However, rate control and rhythm control medication often cause adverse effects, including dizziness and fatigue. Do these adverse effects outweigh the positive effects of sinus rhythm and rate control?
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