Musing about Atrial Fibrillation
Apponyi Magánklinika, Kaposvár
The author reviews the epidemiology, the diagnosis, the risk factors and medical treatments of the most common arrhythmia – atrial fibrillation, from the clinical point-of-view.
The epidemiological data does not reflect the entire patient population. Early recognition and identification of the arrhythmia are essential. In cases with multiple risk factors the patient should be followed closely; frequent checkups are required. The goal is the quick elimination of the arrhythmia to avoid consequences. Early-onset/recent-onset arrhythmias require a thorough and detailed examination to diagnose hereditary conditions and find possible reversible causes. Important points of drug treatment are individually customized medical treatment with combination drug therapy and the recognition of torsadogenic effect.