Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregularly irregular arrhythmia.
We distinguish 5 categories of FA:
paroxysmal AF. Disappear with or without treatment within 7 days of its occurrence.
persistent AF. AF lasting for at least 7 days.
persistent long term AF. AF duration> 12 months.
- If agreement between patient and doctor not to attempt the restoration of sinus rhythm.
- Acceptance of AF is based on a treatment decision of physician and patient rather than pathophysiological data.
- The acceptance of the AF may vary therapeutic response or if the preference of the physician or patient changes.
Non-valvular AF. AF not associated with valvular disease or the presence of a valvular prosthesis.