Histological substrate of human atrial fibrillation

Cristina Chimenti, Matteo A. Russo, Angelo Carpi, Andrea Frustaci

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Histologic and ultrastructural examination of atrial tissue regarding the main entities responsible of human atrial fibrillation, is reported. The pathologic changes deriving from various disorders, like degenerative, inflammatory, ischemic diseases as well as from cardiac aging and hormonal imbalance are analysed. Structural changes associated with lone atrial fibrillation and investigated by atrial biopsy are also described, as being able to provide useful information on the disease's etiology, prognosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalBiomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Atrial biopsy
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Myocardial disease
  • Pathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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