editore: Blackwell Futura
Atrial fibrillation is underdiagnosed and preventative strategies are underutilized. The disease is estimated to rise to an epidemic level, increasing by over 50 per cent by the end of the decade, occurring commonly in the setting of otherwise 'healthy' aging. "Innovative Management of Atrial Fibrillation" provides a forum for a full discussion on this topical matter.Distinguished experts from both electrophysiology and cardiac surgery place their work in the context of future development, examining the short-comings of current pharmacological treatments. This results in a unique, comprehensive review for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and anyone who wishes to gain a complete perspective on the fast-paced field of atrial fibrillation. The material ranges from atrial pathophysiology to advanced minimally invasive surgical ablation and cutting edge palliative and curative therapeutic options. The book also includes the examination of innovative management strategies and the next generation of therapies, giving an essential insight into the emerging potential of gene therapy.