Perioperative arrhythmia prophylaxis for major lung resection Chapter uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Respiration, Artificial


  • Perioperative arrhythmia is one of the most common complications following general thoracic surgery. The most common types are atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter and premature ventricular contractions. Sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias are very rare after thoracic surgery and will not be discussed in this chapter. The reported incidence of postoperative supraventricular arrhythmias ranges between 4-33%, and onset typically peaks within the first 3 postoperative days.1 Although considered by some a minor, self-limited event, perioperative arrhythmia has been shown in recent studies to be associated with greater numbers of complications, longer hospital stays, and increased overall hospital costs.2-7 Furthermore, when arrhythmias persist or are recurrent, the risk of thromboembolic events, including stroke or transient neurological injury, increases. This warrants anticoagulation that can lead to bleeding complications and increased healthcare expenditures. © Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011.

publication date

  • December 2011



  • Book Chapter


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-84996-492-0_19

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 171

end page

  • 177