Atrial fibrillation in organ transplant recipients: only a marker of the underlying disease?
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Despite good progress in the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), this dysrhythmia remains one of the major causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the world [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. In the general population, the number of patients with AF is predicted to rise steeply in the coming years: the increase in AF prevalence can be attributed both to better detection of silent AF alongside increasing age and conditions predisposing to it [6, 7, 8]. But AF is not just a problem of the general population: in the critically ill, this dysrhythmia is gaining increasing attention, because it represents a frequent complication (reported incidence from 5 to 15% in different studies), and its presence is associated with an increased mortality, as well as with a longer stay in the Intensive Care Unit . Risk factors include advanced age, white race, high severity scores, presence of organ failures and sepsis. This situation underlines the need to prevent and treat patients with...
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