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Atrial fibrillation


This module discusses the irregular heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation (AF). A brief overview of the pathophysiology will be provided. Care provision will be discussed, aiming to highlight common signs and symptoms, and the treatment and management of AF, particularly in the postnatal period.

Learning aims and objectives

  • To enable the reader to gain an understanding of the aetiology, background and context of of AF.
  • To highlight the consequences for childbearing women, babies and families.
  • To consider implications for midwifery practice.

Keywords and linking topics

Atrial fibrillation, cardiac, cardiology, arrhythmia, postpartum complications, complex conditions, heart conditions

The Practising Midwife featured article

Atrial fibrillation case study Sarah Johnson and Tracey Wilson. TPM March 2016; 19(3): 8 – 11

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/Revalidation portfolio.