Cardiology Research and Practice

Nonpharmacological Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation


Publishing date
15 May 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Nov 2010

Lead Editor

1Cardiac Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Unit, Department of Cardiology, Hospital Virgen de la Salud, Avda Barber 30, 45004 Toledo, Spain

2Arrhythmia Service, Department of Cardiology, Kingston General Hospital, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 2V7

3Department of Clinical Electrophysiology, Thoraxcenter, Ziekenhuis Oost Limburg, 3600 Genk, Belgium

4Southlake Heart Rhythm Program, Division of Cardiology, Southlake Regional Health Centre, 105-712 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON, Canada L3Y 8C3


Nonpharmacological Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation

Description

Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains the most common clinically encountered arrhythmia and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Since catheter ablation of AF was first described in 1998, interest in AF has greatly increased. Pulmonary vein isolation has proven to be highly effective in maintaining sinus rhythm, controlling symptoms, and improving quality of life in a selected group of patients suffering from this arrhythmia. Randomized clinical trials have shown that attempting to restore and maintain sinus rhythm with antiarrhythmic drugs was not superior to a strategy of heart rate control, mainly because the beneficial effects of effective rhythm control were counter balanced by the adverse effects associated to the use of antiarrhythmic drugs. Consequently, achievement of sinus rhythm by nonpharmacological means could potentially improve patient's outcome. The understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment options for AF is constantly growing, and numerous techniques and technologies are being applied in order to improve clinical results and reduce complications associated to these procedures. Despite the fact that in the majority of patients, catheter ablation results in a favourable clinical outcome with a small risk of complications, the possibility of major complications is not neglectable, and the procedure remains technically challenging. Besides percutaneous catheter ablation procedures, surgical interventions aimed at controlling this arrhythmia are also evolving and are increasingly applied.

The main focus of the issue will be to review the existing evidence and provide latest research on nonpharmacological therapies for patients with AF. The special issue will become an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent development and ideas in this field. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic science insights on atrial fibrillation mechanisms and ablation
  • Anatomy of the left atrium and adjacent structures
  • New techniques and technologies for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
  • Different approaches and procedural endpoints for ablation
  • Extracardiac factors influencing the results of the ablation procedures
  • Prevention, recognition, and treatment of complications during ablation procedures
  • Management of postprocedural atrial arrhythmias
  • Long-term followup and general care of patients after catheter ablation
  • Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 718056
  • - Editorial

Nonpharmacological Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation

Jane C. Caldwell | Miguel A. Arias | ... | Adrian Baranchuk
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 957538
  • - Review Article

Organized Atrial Tachycardias after Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Sergio Castrejón-Castrejón | Marta Ortega | ... | José L. Merino
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 854205
  • - Review Article

Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Specific Considerations for the Old Age

Laurent M. Haegeli | Firat Duru
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 214940
  • - Review Article

Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: A Review

Nadine Hiari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 256347
  • - Review Article

Cryoballoon Catheter Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

Cevher Ozcan | Jeremy Ruskin | Moussa Mansour
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 439312
  • - Review Article

Strategies in the Surgical Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Leanne Harling | Thanos Athanasiou | ... | Antonios Kourliouros
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 837841
  • - Review Article

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation without Interruption of Anticoagulation

Pasquale Santangeli | Luigi Di Biase | ... | Andrea Natale
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 162984
  • - Research Article

Rate Control in Atrial Fibrillation by Cooling: Effect of Temperature on Dromotropy in Perfused Rabbit Hearts

Karl Mischke | Markus Zarse | ... | Patrick Schauerte
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 752808
  • - Review Article

Left Atrial Appendage Closure in Atrial Fibrillation: A World without Anticoagulation?

Tahmeed Contractor | Atul Khasnis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 746054
  • - Review Article

Current State of the Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Elena Sandoval | Manuel Castella | Jose-Luis Pomar
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