Pre-operative atrial fibrillation is independently associated with short and long-term mortality after aortic valve replacement

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest cardiac arrhythmia, becoming increasing prevalent as the population ages, and is an important risk factor for stroke. There are conflicting results around whether AF is associated with adverse outcomes after aortic valve replacement (AVR) amongst the few studies that have investigated this. We compared the characteristics and outcomes of patients undergoing AVR by history of AF.

T. Wang, D. Choi, T. Ramanathan, P. Ruygrok
Heart, Lung and Circulation – Volume 23, Supplement 1, e1-e48
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