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Ann Cardiol Angeiol (Paris). 2009 Dec;58 Suppl 1:S14-6. doi: 10.1016/S0003-3928(09)73391-8.

[Atrial fibrillation and heart failure: a dangerous criminal conspiracy].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Centre cardiologique du Nord, rue des Moulins Gémeaux, Saint-Denis, France.


Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) often coexist. Both associated with an altered prognosis, their coexistence is associated with a higher mortality. This dangerous criminal conspiracy is explained by common risk factors but also by a strong causative relationship. AF can be the cause of HF, especially by leading to a tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy, either isolated or associated to an underlying heart disease. HF is a common cause of AF. It remains to be determined whether AF is an independent mortality risk factor or a simple marker of advanced HF, perhaps because available therapeutic tools are not enough successful to prevent AF.

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