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Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center
The three outpatient principles for managing patients with atrial fibrillation are (1) risk stratification and appropriate stroke prevention, (2) rate control to prevent symptomatic tachycardia and tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy, and (3) rhythm control for patients who have symptomatic atrial fibrillation despite rate control. In this chapter, we will focus on the outpatient use of medications for rate and rhythm control.