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Open Access Current Management Strategies in Patients with Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation: A Review of the Literature

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Heart Failure (HF) and Atrial Fibrillation (AF) are common diseases which lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Each disease can be a challenge to treat clinically, especially when they present together. We performed a review of the literature including clinical trials, metanalyses, and guidelines regarding the management of patients with HF and AF. This review describes the pathophysiologic mechanisms behind each disease state, their associated prognosis, and epidemiologic features. Strategies for prevention of stroke in patients with AF, including use of novel oral anticoagulants as well as prevention of the development of AF are discussed. We review the medical and catheter-based therapies for AF and present an original algorithm for the management of AF in patients with HF.

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Keywords: atrial fibrillation; cardiology; electrophysiology; heart failure

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2020

This article was made available online on October 9, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Current Management Strategies in Patients with Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation: A Review of the Literature".

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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