Int J Arrhythm.  2017 Sep;18(3):133-136. 10.18501/arrhythmia.2017.021.

Pathophysiology and Diagnosis in Atrial Fibrillation

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  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. theshin@cau.ac.kr

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation is association a wide range of genetic, metabolic, and environmental causes. The number of patients with atrial fibrillation is increasing exponentially, predominantly due to aging and a variety of heart conditions such as ischemic heart disease and heart failure. Owing to a range of unmet clinical and social needs, atrial fibrillation has become a significant target for research studies. Thus far, research has revealed several important mechanisms related to the pathophysiology, diagnostic, and optimal treatment of atrial fibrillation. In this review, we aim to summarize the current status of research on atrial fibrillation and relate such progress to the European Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines (2016).

Keyword

Atrial Fibrillation; Pathophysiology; Diagnosis

MeSH Terms

Aging
Atrial Fibrillation*
Diagnosis*
Heart
Heart Failure
Humans
Myocardial Ischemia
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