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Management of atrial fibrillation in rheumatic valvular heart disease

Vora, Amit

Current Opinion in Cardiology: January 2006 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 47–50
doi: 10.1097/01.hco.0000198985.78508.55

Purpose of review Atrial fibrillation in patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease results in significant morbidity and possibly mortality.

Recent developments The recent advances in treatment options for non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation have widened its scope of management. These treatment modalities have not been extensively validated in rheumatic valvular heart disease.

Summary A review and comparison of the available data in atrial fibrillation and rheumatic valvular heart disease vis-à-vis non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation is presented.

Green-gagan, Lokhandwala Township, Kandivli (East), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence to Dr Amit Vora, 01/204, Green-gagan, Wing ‘A’, 2nd Floor, MHADA Plot 14, Lokhandwala Township, Akurli road, Kandivli (East), Mumbai, 400101, Maharashtra, India E-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.