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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2008 December;56(6):605-21
Treatment strategies in atrial fibrillation
Wong K. C. K., Betts T. R.
Cardiac Rhythm Management Cardiology Department John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, UK
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice affecting up to 1% of the general population. There is a higher prevalence and incidence with increasing age and burden of chronic heart disease . Treatment for AF represents a significant healthcare cost, estimated to be about € 13.5 billion annually in the European Union. Manage-ment of AF remains challenging especially with new pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches becoming readily available. This review article discusses the multitude of therapeutic options and how they may be applied to best effect.