Atrial Fibrillation Burden: Moving Beyond Atrial Fibrillation as a Binary Entity

Published: April 16, 2018

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  • Risk factors and complications of atrial fibrillation (AF) are based on the presence or absence of AF, not the burden of AF.
  • AF burden is classified by type (paroxysmal or non-paroxysmal) and can be quantitatively defined by longest duration, number of episodes and proportion of time in the arrhythmia.
  • This scientific statement examines how to define and measure AF burden, burden related to CV and neurological outcomes, and effects of lifestyle and risk modification on AF burden.

AHA Scientific Statement | Atrial Fibrillation

Kristen Patton, Chair Council on Clinical Cardiology Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Committee; Lin Yee Chen, Writing Group Chair; Mina Chung, Writing Group Co-Chair