Atrial Fibrillation


Atrial fibrillation, heart arrhythmia, thrombi formation, peripheral immobilisation, thromboembolic complications, Virchow’s triad, sinus rhythm, activated partial thromboplastin time


Details of the task 

select one of the topics below related to cardiac nursing, and extensively research their chosen topic to ensure they form a well-considered discussion that explores all facets required.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. The two most common complications of atrial fibrillation are thrombi formation and heart failure. Using your underlying pathophysiology knowledge of AF, outline how these complications occur, treatment options and the appropriate nursing care and management for these patients.

This is an essay. It is expected that it will be presented in an academic essay format which includes an introduction, body and a conclusion. It should be written in the third person.

Your essay needs to be referenced using APA 6 th edition with in-text citations and a reference list at the end of your assignment

The assessor will examine the assignment by assessing whether the student has addressed the question directly, engaged in critical discussion of the issues that the relevant literature has well supported, and whether the student has organized and presented the essay in a suitable format.

Evidence is required from a range of relevant and quality sources to support your discussion. You may include evidence from both international and Australian literature. Resources published within the last 5-7 years will provide accurate and current evidence based practice.


Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, heart arrhythmia, thrombi formatio

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