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TNT-POAF: Botulinum toxin may reduce postoperative AF

November 15, 2017

Read the Perspective from Renate B. Schnabel, MD, MSc

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Epicardial fat pad injections of botulinum toxin may be a safe way to reduce postoperative atrial fibrillation without increasing adverse events after cardiac surgery, according to the results of the TNT-POAF study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Postoperative AF is the most common complication after cardiac surgery and is unfortunately one that is associated with postoperative morbidity, increased length of stay in the ICU in the hospital and short and long-term mortality,” Nathan H. Waldron, MD, MHSc, from Duke University Medical Center, said during his presentation. “Cardiac autonomic dysregulation has consistently been linked with the development of AF and the clinical strategies to modulate the intrinsic cardiac autonomous nervous system met some preliminary success in reducing AF.”

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