Internal and Emergency Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 319–320 | Cite as

Troponin assessment in patients admitted to the emergency department with atrial fibrillation: which role in daily clinical practice?

  • Francesco ZanonEmail author
  • Sara Giatti
  • Marco Zuin
  • Lina Marcantoni

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common dysrhythmia observed and managed by emergency physicians in daily clinical practice. According to the latest epidemiological studies, the prevalence of AF rises with the aging of the general population [1], with clear implications in resource utilization and health costs. Moreover, it has been estimated that the number of patients with AF will rise to about 5.6 million in 2050 from its current number of 2.3 million cases [2]. Frequently, AF patients are admitted to the emergency department (ED) after the dysrhythmia onset, and, more in general, about 80% of the AF subjects will be admitted into a cardiological or internal medicine unit during the course of their illness [3]. Previous investigations and trials involving AF subjects have mainly investigated and elucidated clinical and therapeutical aspects of the disease, as the link between AF and the risk or the prevention of ischemic stroke. Conversely, data regarding the prognostic role of...


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Francesco Zanon received a modest speaker fee from Boston Scientific, Livanova, Medtronic and St jude Medical. The other authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Zanon
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sara Giatti
    • 2
  • Marco Zuin
    • 2
  • Lina Marcantoni
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology UnitSanta Maria della Misericordia HospitalRovigoItaly
  2. 2.Department of CardiologySanta Maria della Misericordia HospitalRovigoItaly

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