Cardiovascular Imaging in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is he most commonly encountered arrhythmia in clinical practice, with an overall prevalence of 0.4% in the general population. Recent advances in technology and in the understanding of the pathophysiology of AF have led to more definitive and potentially curative therapeutic approaches. Echocardiography has a well-established role in the assessment of cardiac structure and function and risk stratification, and has become an essential part of the guidelines for management of AF. The development of intracardiac echocardiography has led to real-time guidance of percutaneous interventions, including radiofrequency ablation and left atrial appendage closure procedures for patients with AF. Other imaging modalities, including computed tomography and magnetic resonance angiography, have allowed for more accurate measurement and better understanding of the cardiac anatomy. We review the impact of various imaging modalities in the evaluation and management of AF. © 2006 American College of Cardiology Foundation.




Wazni, O. M., Tsao, H. M., Chen, S. A., Chuang, H. H., Saliba, W., Natale, A., & Klein, A. L. (2006, November 21). Cardiovascular Imaging in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation. Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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