Atrial fibrillation (AF), being the most common arrhythmia, the service of primary care physicians and internists in preventing, identifying, and treating AF is of paramount importance. There are nonmodifiable, modifiable, and reversible risk factors for AF. The modifiable risk factors include hypertension, obesity, coronary artery disease, heart failure, diabetes mellitus etc. These risk factors should be screened and adequately treated to prevent occurrence of AF at the primary care level itself. This will reduce recurrence rates of AF and will treat underlying conditions predisposing to AF.
Bibliographical notePublished in a special issue of Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics: Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation: Appraisal of AF Risk Stratification. ISBN 9780323827744
- Atrial fibrillation
- Comprehensive AF treatment
- Correctable risk factors
- Modifiable risk factors
- Novel models of care delivery