Fast Five Quiz: Atrial Fibrillation and Acute Coronary Syndrome

Sandeep K. Goyal, MD

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September 17, 2020

Figure 1. Atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality. As shown here, the electrical impulses (green circles) are spread through the atria in a chaotic fashion, causing the heart to beat in a rapid, disorganized manner.

Studies suggest the prevalence of patients who have ACS and concomitant AF ranges from 6% to 21%. Patients with ACS who have concomitant AF tend to be older, have more comorbidities, and have diminished clinical outcomes.

According to the 2020 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation, patients with ACS and concomitant AF often experience atypical chest pain prior to diagnosis.

Learn more about the characteristics of patients with ACS.

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