Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 11-15

First online:

Atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure

  • Noel G. BoyleAffiliated withUCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, BH 407 CHS, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Email author 
  • , Kalyanam Shivkumar

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure (CHF) are common cardiac conditions that frequently coexist. There is a complex interplay between the two conditions, with each increasing the morbidity and mortality associated with the other. The management of AF in patients with CHF requires special care because of the increased risk of antiarrhythmic drug therapy in the group. This report reviews current treatment options and assesses the role of the newer therapies of biventricular pacing for CHF and radiofrequency ablation for AF. It also discusses results of the AF-CHF study, which were reported in November 2007.