Current Approach and Treatment in Acute Atrial Fibrillation

  • G. Chiarandà
  • A. Busà
  • A. Lazzaro
  • T. Regolo
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In the clinical setting, the most frequently observed arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (AF). Its prevalence is rising [1], and at present it involves 0.3%-0.4% of the general population. There are 2.3 million cases in the USA, and the projection for the year 2050 is about 5.6 millions [2]. Several clinical surveys, including the Framingham Heart Study [3], indicate a steady increase in the incidence and prevalence of AF in the elderly, starting with 0.1% in subjects below 55 years of age, and reaching 9% in those over 80 years old. This is in agreement with the Cardiovascular Heart Study, which found a 5% prevalence of AF in subjects older than 65 years [4].


Atrial Fibril Sinus Rhythm Antiarrhythmic Drug Atrial Flutter Ventricular Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Chiarandà
    • 1
  • A. Busà
    • 1
  • A. Lazzaro
    • 2
  • T. Regolo
    • 3
  1. 1.U.O di Cardiologia con UTIC Ospedale MuscatelloItaly
  2. 2.Cardiologia, Ospedale GravinaItaly
  3. 3.U.O di Cardiologia, Ospedale FerrarottoCatanzaroItaly

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