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Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Significantly Increases Mortality, Hospital Readmission, and Hospital Costs

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Damien J. LaPar, Alan M. Speir, Ivan K. Crosby, Edwin Fonner Jr., Michael Brown, Jeffrey B. Rich, Mohammed Quader, John A. Kern, Irving L. Kron, Gorav Ailawadi, MDemail, Investigators for the Virginia Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative

The study provides a risk-adjusted impact of postoperative atrial fibrillation on hospital mortality, resouces utlization, and costs.  49,264 patients from the STS database who underwent cardiac surgery were extracted from 2001-2012.  AF increased operative mortality 2% vs 1%), morbidity, readmission rates, ICU stay, postoperative length of stay, and costs. 

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