Atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure

Heart Fail Clin. 2014 Apr;10(2):305-18. doi: 10.1016/j.hfc.2013.12.005. Epub 2014 Feb 4.


Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) commonly coexist and adversely affect mortality when found together. AF begets HF and HF begets AF. Rhythm restoration with antiarrhythmic drugs failed to show a mortality benefit but can be effective in improving symptoms. Nonpharmacologic treatment of AF may be of value in the HF population.

Keywords: Antiarrhythmics; Atrial fibrillation; Atrial fibrillation ablation; Atrio-ventricular node ablation; Congestive heart failure.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Atrial Fibrillation / complications*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / epidemiology
  • Atrial Fibrillation / therapy
  • Heart Failure / complications*
  • Heart Failure / epidemiology
  • Heart Failure / therapy
  • Humans