Criteria for Selection of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation to Receive a Dual-Site ICD

  • E. Occhetta
  • F. Paltrinieri
  • C. Vassanelli
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Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained tachyarrhythmia and is increasing in prevalence as the population ages [1,2]. It causes symptoms such as palpitations and dyspnea, but is also associated with stroke, heart failure, and an increasing risk of hospitalization and death. Over one-third of hospital admissions for arrhythmias are secondary to atrial fibrillation [3]. Restoration and maintenance of normal sinus rhythm by means of cardioversion is the first treatment option for clinicians. The choice of therapeutic intervention is generally guided by the severity and duration of the patients’ symptoms and their tolerance or response to intervention.


Atrial Fibrillation Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Normal Sinus Rhythm Atrial Arrhythmia Atrial Pace 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Occhetta
    • 1
  • F. Paltrinieri
    • 2
  • C. Vassanelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Divisione Clinicizzata di Cardiologia, Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia di NovaraUniversità degli Studi del Piemonte OrientaleNovara
  2. 2.Guidant ItaliaMilanItaly

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