Journal article

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and atrial fibrillation: an interdisciplinary perspective.

Sami O Simons, Adrian Elliott, Manuel Sastry, Jeroen M Hendriks, Michael Arzt, Michiel Rienstra, Jonathan M Kalman, Hein Heidbuchel, Stanley Nattel, Geertjan Wesseling, Ulrich Schotten, Isabelle C van Gelder, Frits ME Franssen, Prashanthan Sanders, Harry JGM Crijns, Dominik Linz

European Heart Journal | Published : 2021


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is highly prevalent among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), shares common risk factors, and adds to the overall morbidity and mortality in this population. Additionally, it may promote AF and impair treatment efficacy. The prevalence of COPD in AF patients is high and is estimated to be ∼25%. Diagnosis and treatment of COPD in AF patients requires a close interdisciplinary collaboration between the electrophysiologist/cardiologist and pulmonologist. Differential diagnosis may be challenging, especially in elderly and smoking patients complaining of unspecific symptoms such as dyspnoea and fatigue. Routine evaluation of lung function and dete..

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