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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 376071, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/376071
Review Article

Current Issues in Atrial Fibrillation

1Heart Rhythm Program, Southlake Regional Health Centre, 105-712 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON, Canada L3Y 8C3
2Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1A8

Received 20 March 2012; Accepted 26 April 2012

Academic Editors: J. Brachmann and G. Iaccarino

Copyright © 2012 Yaariv Khaykin and Yana Shamiss. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. It places an enormous burden on the patients, caregivers, and the society at large. While the main themes in the care of an AF patient have not changed over the years and continue to focus on stroke prevention, control of the ventricular, rate and rhythm maintenance, there have been a number of new developments in each of these realms. This paper will discuss the “hot” topics in AF in 2012 including new and upcoming medical and invasive management strategies for this condition.