Atrial Fibrillation for General Cardiologists

Atrial Fibrillation for General Cardiologists

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Riccardo Asteggiano, Giuseppe Boriani
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128237625

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Atrial Fibrillation (AF), due to aging population, is a new epidemic leading to increase in mortality, morbidity and affecting quality of life. AF often presents clear symptoms of palpitation and dyspnoea, though sometimes it may not be associated with a clear or any symptoms at all, but rather is diagnosed when one of its complications appears, mainly ischemic stroke or heart failure.Atrial Fibrillation for General Cardiologists: The management in an office-based setting of patients with or suspected to have Atrial Fibrillation summarizes the main epidemiologic and various clinical aspects of AF. The book covers a range of topics from the updates of diagnostic tools including eHealth tools, long term monitoring devices, mobile-Apps, to be utilized by both cardiologists and patients themselves; to clinical and therapeutic management for special populations such as elderly, patients with other illnesses such as Chronic Lung diseases, Cancer patients, Endocrine conditions, Gastroenteric disorders and more. The book is an essential guide for both clinicians and researchers with an interest in atrial fibrillation, summarizing all established guidelines and clarifying any unclear aspects when dealing with special population.

Key Features

  • Summary on epidemiology and general aspects of AF from a General Cardiology point of view
  • Updates on diagnostic tools now on the stage which the General Cardiologists may not be so familiar with
  • Updates on clinical conditions, mainly from internal medicine, associated to AF presenting specific characteristics
  • Updates on therapeutic management in specific conditions where Guidelines have some unclear suggestions or have to take into consideration specific issues


General Practitioners, General Cardiologists, Hospital Cardiologists practising in general / community hospitals with frequent consultation in Internal Medicine department, Cardiologists working in Cardiology Departments, ICU and electrophysiologists willing information about specific patients’ population with specific clinical problems

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Atrial Fibrillation general approach
    1. Epidemiology aspects
    2. AF consequences
    3. Diagnostic issues in office-based practice
    4. What base pillars for treatment
    5. First diagnosis AF in office patients – Hospital admission criteria
    6. How to initiate anticoagulation

    Part II: Special aspects for AF screening and diagnosis
    1. Why to screen patients for AF
    2. What populations to screen
    3. Asymptomatic AF patients
    4. Classic diagnostic tools
    5. eHealth related diagnostic tools

    Part III: Special population of AF patients – Clinic differences, Specific aspects of prevention and treatment
    1. AF in the very old patients
    2. AF in frailty and disability
    3. AF in Chronic Pulmonary Diseases (CPD)
    4. AF in Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD)
    5. AF in endocrine illnesses
    6. AF and cancer
    7. AF in gastroenteric ‘thorns’ (hiatal hernia or gastroesophageal reflux disease)
    8. Alcohol and AF
    9. Special populations and conditions (NCS and psychiatric conditions, anaesthesia, OSAS, environment conditions, work and different functional conditions, ‘tall’ people)
    10. Care of patient following AF ablation
    11. Perioperative management of AF and OAC management

    Part IV: Special consideration for rhythm or rate control in specific settings
    1. Asymptomatic patients
    2. Patients with advanced HF
    3. Patients with severe valvular diseases
    4. Patients with ACS or coronary revascularization
    5. Long term management of patients on antiarrhythmic drugs

Product details

  • No. of pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128237625

About the Editors

Riccardo Asteggiano

Riccardo Asteggiano is graduated in Medicine and Surgery, in 1983 he obtained the Specialty in Cardiology at the University of Turin. He has gained over 30 years of experience at ASL 2 and 3 Regione Piemonte with management of cardiology surgery, cardiac decompensation, consultancy in hospital departments. He is a member of the European Society of Cardiology and Chair of the Council for Cardiology Practice of the ESC and has participated in the publication of numerous works including a Position Paper and some ESC Guidelines, and has been a Faculty at the European Cardiologists' Congresses since 2013 to 2016.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair of the Council on Cardio-Oncology of the European Society of Cardiology

Giuseppe Boriani

Professor Giuseppe Boriani Graduation in Medicine and Specialisation in Cardiology at the University of Bologna. PhD in Cardiovascular Physiopathology at the University of Milan. Full Professor of Cardiology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Chief of Cardiology, Modena University Hospital Fellow of ESC and of EHRA, Member of the Heart Rhythm Society. Former Member of the Board of EHRA and Chair of the Health Economics Committee (2009-2013). President (2016-2018) of the of AIAC (the Italian Society of Cardiac Pacing and Arrhythmology). Scientific activity focused on clinical electrophysiology, pace-makers, implantable defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy, atrial fibrillation, antiarrhythmic drugs, health economics and clinical cardiology. Member of the Editorial board of the European Heart Journal and of the European Journal of Heart Failure

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor of Cardiology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

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