Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation Today: When and Why?

  • C. Pandozi
  • G. Gentilucci
  • M. C. Scianaro
  • M. Santini
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Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia with a high prevalence in the elderly [1]. One Australian study found a prevalence of atrial fibrillation of 11.6% in people over 75 years of age [2]. The arrhythmia has been considered benign until it was demonstrated that atrial fibrillation carries a significant morbidity and mortality. The mortality risk in patients with atrial fibrillation has been reported to be twice as high as that in controls [1].


Atrial Fibrillation Sinus Rhythm Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Chronic Atrial Fibrillation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Pandozi
    • 1
  • G. Gentilucci
    • 1
  • M. C. Scianaro
    • 1
  • M. Santini
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di CardiologiaOspedale San Filippo NeriRomeItaly

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