Atrial fibrillation (CG36)
The NICE clinical guideline on atrial fibrillation covers:
- the tests that should be used to diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF)
- the treatment people can expect to be offered depending on the type of AF -they have, including AF that:
- comes on suddenly (acute-onset AF)
- lasts longer than a week or doesn’t stop without treatment (persistent AF)
- is more longstanding (permanent AF)
- comes and goes (paroxysmal AF)
- the treatment people can expect if they have AF then have a stroke.
It doesn’t specifically look at the treatment of AF for people who are under 18 years of age, or whose AF is caused by heart disease that they were born with.
Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Clinical Guidelines Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions (NCGC-ACC) The National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions is no longer active.
This page was last updated: 06 March 2014
Information for the public
Review decision date: August 2011
Following the recent review recommendation, an update of this guideline is currently in the process of being scheduled into the work programme. Details of any update will be available on the update webpage.
Implementation tools and resources
- Costing report
- Costing template
- Slide set
- Integrated commissioning for the prevention of cardiovascular disease commisioning guide
- Atrial fibrillation: implementation advice
- Anticoagulation therapy service commissioning guide
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.