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Katie Lindale

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 20:44

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Hi everyone,
Thank you Kyla for the wonderful discussion and reflections, you did a fantastic job leading our class last week. In relation to Kiera's post regarding age and atrial fibrillation (AF), I became curious about comorbidities associated with the condition. With the associations between AF and heart failure becoming increasingly common in ageing and overweight populations, we're seeing more data suggest that when these two conditions interact AF can exacerbate the morbidity and mortality of heart failure (1). Considering that about a quarter of heart failure patients have comorbid AF, and that the interactions between these two diseases are quite influential on outcomes (2), I'm interested in seeing how innovation in management of AF and perioperative AF can change the way that patients experience heart failure as well.
1. Sugumar H, Nanayakkara S, Prabhu S, Voskoboinik A, Kaye DM, Ling LH, Kistler PM. Pathophysiology of Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure: Dangerous Interactions. Cardiol Clin. 2019 May;37(2):131-138. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2019.01.002. Epub 2019 Feb 20. PMID: 30926014.
2. Lardizabal JA, Deedwania PC. Atrial fibrillation in heart failure. Med Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;96(5):987-1000. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2012.07.007. Epub 2012 Aug 17. PMID: 22980060.

Katie Lindale

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