Lifestyle changes to reduce the impact of modifiable risk factors may be a more desirable alternative for preventing atrial fibrillation and its sequelae, including stroke, than antiarrhythmia medications.
The first randomized trial to assess use of ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing mitral valve surgery finds that ablation substantially improves heart rhythm vs. mitral valve surgery alone.
Compelling data show that sleep-disordered breathing has direct effects on atrial fibrillation. Our ongoing research aims to identify which measures to include in polysomnographic monitoring to best predict incident atrial fib.
Updated guidelines on the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib), issued by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society in March, are being well received, because the arrhythmia can be complex and difficult to manage.