A number of risk factors may be associated with the onset of atrial fibrillation in a patient with sepsis. Avoiding these factors is associated with better outcomes if atrial fibrillation develops.

Patient selection: sepsis


Risk factors for new-onset of atrial fibrillation:

(1) therapy with corticosteroids

(2) right heart catheterization

(3) fungal infection

(4) vasopressor use (dopamine, other)

(5) mean arterial pressure 80-85 mm Hg as blood pressure target (=high target, versus 65-70)


The risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation increases with the number of risk factors present.

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