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01.11.2014 | review article | Ausgabe 21-22/2014

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 21-22/2014

Atrial fibrillation: state of the art

Wiener klinische Wochenschrift > Ausgabe 21-22/2014
MD Matthias Hasun, MD Eduard Gatterer, MD Univ. Prof. Dr. Franz Weidinger


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is by far the most frequent heart rhythm disorder and is associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke, heart failure and death. Despite improvements in prevention and treatment, the prognosis has not changed significantly. To use new and promising pharmacological and interventional concepts for thromboembolic prophylaxis and treatment of AF, as well as prevention of recurrence, patient compliance has to be improved, physicians have to be trainedand experience hast to be gained. A consistently carried ‘anticoagulation pass’ might be a promising piece of the puzzle.

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