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A new predictor of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: HATCH score
  1. Mithat Selvi1,
  2. Hasan Gungor2,
  3. Cemil Zencir2,
  4. Sevil Gulasti2,
  5. Ufuk Eryilmaz2,
  6. Cagdas Akgullu2,
  7. Selim Durmaz3
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Cine State Hospital, Aydin, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine, Aydin, Turkey
  3. 3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine, Aydin, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mithat Selvi, Department of Cardiology, Cine State Hospital, Aydin 09500, Turkey; drmithatselvi{at}


The aim of this study was to investigate the association between HATCH score and atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. 369 patients (103 patients with AF and 266 patients without AF) undergoing isolated CABG surgery were analyzed. Complete medical records were retrospectively collected to investigate HATCH score. The median age of patients with AF was significantly higher than the median age of non-AF group (60.8±10.0 years vs 67.8±9.5 years, P<0.001). HATCH score was significantly higher in patients who developed AF after CABG surgery than the non-AF group (P=0.017). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that HATCH score (OR 1.334; 95% CI 1.022 to 1.741, P=0.034) was an independent predictor of AF after CABG surgery. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed that the cut-off point of HATCH score related to predict AF was >1 (two or more), with a sensitivity of 42% and specificity of 70%. Patients with elevated preoperative HATCH score may have higher risk for AF after CABG surgery.

  • atrial fibrillation
  • coronary artery bypass

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  • Contributors MS was responsible for the data collection, writing and is the corresponding author. HG was responsible for the data collection and writing of the article. CZ was involved in the reviewing and forming the tables. SG did the statistical analysis. UE and CA reviewed the article. SD gave additional opinion to the original idea.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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