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Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation and Long-Term Risk of Stroke in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation

Anoop N Koshy, Anees Enyati, Laurence Weinberg, Hui-Chen Han, Mark Horrigan, Paul J Gow, Jefferson Ko, Vincent Thijs, Adam Testro, Han S Lim, Omar Farouque, Andrew W Teh



BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is the commonest cardiovascular complication following liver transplantation (LT). This study sought to assess a possible association of POAF with subsequent thromboembolic events in patients undergoing LT. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of consecutive adults undergoing LT between 2010 and 2018 was undertaken. Patients were classified as POAF if atrial fibrillation (AF) was documented within 30 days of LT without a prior history of AF. Cases of ischemic stroke or systemic embolism were adjudicated by a panel of 2 independent physicians. RESULTS: Among the 461 patients included, POAF occurred in 47 (10.2%) a median of 3 d..

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