Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure P re f a c e Atrial Fibrillation and Heart F a i l u re Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD, FRCP, FHRS Editors Atrial...

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Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

P re f a c e Atrial Fibrillation and Heart F a i l u re

Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD, FRCP, FHRS Editors

Atrial fibrillation and heart failure each have major medical impact. The substantial scale of their independent influence on morbidity, mortality, and public health has however only been appreciated recently. This realization has already had population benefit with improved early detection and prophylaxis against stroke and progressive pump failure. Their frequent coexistence, while long recognized, adds new layers to management decisions and the situations that can then arise are addressed in this volume. Our target audience are the subscribers to the Heart Failure Clinics series and the objective has been to enhance patient care. The authors of individual articles, while mostly having as their primary interest cardiac arrhythmia, actually represent a broad diversity of interests and talents and present contrasting but complementary perspectives. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation and heart failure will continue to rise and treatment options are set to expand. Accordingly, the complexity of the decisions for this group is set to increase. It is hoped that the perspectives in this issue will assist the broader community in making the smartest, most effective choices to achieve the very best in patient care.

Mark D. O’Neill, DPhil, FRCP, FHRS

Andrew A. Grace, MB, PhD, FRCP Department of Biochemistry University of Cambridge Hopkins Building, Tennis Court Road CB2 1QW, UK Papworth Hospital Cambridge CB23 3RE, UK Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD, FRCP, FHRS San Diego VA Healthcare System University of California, San Diego 3350 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego, CA 92161, USA Mark D. O’Neill, DPhil, FRCP, FHRS Divisions of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering & Cardiovascular Medicine Medical Engineering Centre 3rd Floor, Lambeth Wing St. Thomas’ Hospital London SE1 7EH, UK E-mail addresses: [email protected] (A.A. Grace) [email protected] (S.M. Narayan) [email protected] (M.D. O’Neill)

Heart Failure Clin 9 (2013) xv http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hfc.2013.08.002 1551-7136/13/$ – see front matter Ó 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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