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Magnani, Jared W. Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.
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- Epidemiology of AF
- Advances in pathogenesis
- Advances in the treatment of AF
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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia (any disorder of the heart rate or rhythm) that presently affects approximately 3 million people in the United States (Fig. 1). AF is associated with decreased quality of life and increased risk of cognitive decline, dementia, stroke, heart failure (HF), and mortality. The adverse public health impact of AF is also reflected in an estimated annual national cost of $26 billion. This review provides an update on the pathogenesis and management of AF and highlights additional strategies that are needed to prevent and treat AF patients.
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