Atrial fibrillation in chronic non-cardiac disease: Where do we stand?

Mitja Lainscak, Nikolaos Dagres, Gerasimos S. Filippatos, Stefan D. Anker, Dimitrios Th Kremastinos

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Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia, and is associated with increased risk of stroke and death. Most of present knowledge is derived from studies in patients with cardiac disease whilst limited information is available for patients with several chronic non-cardiac conditions like cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease. Although millions of patients are affected and are at risk of adverse prognosis due to co-existent atrial fibrillation, we are left with very limited guidance for management of atrial fibrillation itself and prevention of complications in those patients. In this paper, we review data on incidence, prognostic importance and treatment modalities of atrial fibrillation in patients with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-315
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 29 2008


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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