Current insights into the management of atrial fibrillation
Puneer Kakar, Timothy Watson, and Gregory Y H Lip
University Department of Medicine, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK
Recent times have seen an increasing awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF) in clinical practice, as well as its effect on morbidity and mortality rates, and impact on healthcare costs. While many patients with AF may be asymptomatic, the condition can cause a range of symptoms including malaise, fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, and syncope; complications such as stroke, thromboembolism, and heart failure, may also serve as initial presentations of the disorder. AF is now recognized as a serious condition with potentially extreme adverse consequences, and treatment practices reflect this.