Does magnesium offer any additional benefit in patients having anti-arrhythmic treatment for atrial fibrillation following cardiac surgery?

A. Patel
2005 Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery  
A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether treatment with magnesium in addition to an anti-arrhythmic is beneficial to patients who have gone into atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. Altogether 466 papers were identified using the below mentioned search, of which 8 papers presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, journal, date and country of publication, patient group, relevant
more » ... ent group, relevant outcomes and weaknesses were tabulated. We conclude that while the literature on magnesium prophylaxis and non-cardiac surgical studies on magnesium therapy for atrial fibrillation suggest that magnesium may be of benefit, there are currently no studies in post-cardiac surgery atrial fibrillation to support the use of magnesium therapy for these patients.
doi:10.1510/icvts.2005.106419 pmid:17670390 fatcat:o7oloov7njadhgrrjiig5xeqau