Prevalence of atrial fibrillation is increasing worldwide and its management poses challenges that prompted the recent update of the European Society of Cardiology/European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery guidelines. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation improved significantly over the past decade, but many patients still experience recurrent atrial fibrillation after the procedure leading to the need for repeat ablation.
In current guidelines, surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation is not recommended as first-line therapy due to the limited, though promising, available evidence, but it may be considered as initial therapy in selected patients. In particular, by comparing guideline recommendations of 2016 vs 2020, catheter or surgical ablation should be considered in patients with symptomatic persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (Class IIb in 2016), but only atrial fibrillation catheter ablation for pulmonary vein isolation is recommended for rhythm control after one failed or intolerant drug therapy (Class I in 2020). Thoracoscopic or hybrid surgical ablation for patients refractory to drug therapy or after failed percutaneous AF ablation stays as a Class IIa recommendation. In other words, the best treatment for atrial fibrillation, in particular the long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation, is still open.
Hence, this special issue “New insight in Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation” aims to provide a comprehensive overview of atrial fibrillation and discuss the contribution of novel approaches to advances in the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. Full papers and communications, as well as comprehensive reviews, are welcome. Please feel free to contact me, the guest editor, in case of further questions.
Dr. Giuseppe Nasso and Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Santarpino
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- Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) vs Direct Oral Anticoagulation (DOAC) in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisAminah Abdul Razzack, Hassan Mehmood Lak, Greeshma Erasani, Sajedur Rahman, ... Ayman A. HusseinRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2023, 24(2), 44; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm240204481Downloads338Views
- Comparison of Myocardial Injury and Inflammation Biomarkers and Their Impact on Recurrence after Cryoballoon and Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisXinbin Zhou, Hong Xue, Qian Chen, Zhengtian Lv, ... Xiao WangRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(12), 397; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm231239724Downloads134Views
- Colchicine for Prevention of Post-Cardiac Surgery and Post-Pulmonary Vein Isolation Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-AnalysisXuesi Wang, Xiaodong Peng, Yukun Li, Rong Lin, ... Nian LiuRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(12), 387; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm231238755Downloads1Citations196Views
- Atrial Fibrillation in the Setting of Acute Pneumonia: Not a Secondary ArrhythmiaAnna Maisano, Marco Vitolo, Jacopo Francesco Imberti, Niccolò Bonini, ... Giuseppe BorianiRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(5), 176; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm2305176227Downloads9Citations583Views
- Clinical Application of CHA2DS2-VASc versus GRACE Scores for Assessing the Risk of Long-term Ischemic Events in Atrial Fibrillation and Acute Coronary Syndrome or PCIRan Mo, Yan-min Yang, Han Zhang, Ni Suo, ... Si-qi LyuRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(5), 168; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm230516838Downloads1Citations183Views
- DefiPaceTM System, A New Device for Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery — Preliminary ResultsHelmut Mair, Ferdinand Vogt, Johannes Göppl, Evgeny Goldin, ... Peter LammRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(4), 143; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm230414371Downloads281Views
- Incidence and Outcomes of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting of a Randomized Controlled Trial: A Blinded End-of-cycle AnalysisAhmad Farouk Musa, Jeswant Dillon, Mohamed Ezani Md Taib, Alwi Mohamed Yunus, ... Julian A. SmithRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(4), 122; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm230412268Downloads2Citations348Views
- Concomitant surgical ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgeryCarmelo Dominici, Massimo ChelloRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(3), 101; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm2303101149Downloads1Citations400Views
- Insights into Concomitant Atrial Fibrillation and Chronic Kidney DiseaseYanan Wang, Yi Yang, Fan HeRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(3), 105; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm2303105241Downloads3Citations586Views
- Arterial stiffness: a possible predictor of atrial fibrillationGiovani Schulte Farina, Carlos Kalil, Jose Plutarco Gutiérrez, Eduardo Costa Duarte BarbosaRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(1), 32; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm2301032152Downloads2Citations649Views
- Bleeding risk in patients with atrial fibrillation treated with combined anti-platelet and non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant therapyDong Geum Shin, Sunhwa Kim, Yoo Ri KimRev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.rcm2301002108Downloads1Citations536Views