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The Montreal Heart Institute presents findings on congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation
Date:6/19/2008

stained arrhythmia. Contrary to ventricular fibrillation (originating in the ventricles or lower chamber of the heart), atrial fibrillation is rarely fatal but does require treatment as it can lead to severe discomfort, heart failure or stroke. Atrial fibrillation affects roughly 2.2 million Americans, predominantly the elderly.

About congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure affects over 4 million Americans and the number of patients suffering from heart failure will continue to rise over the next few decades. Heart failure is a clinical syndrome where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to satisfy the organism's metabolic needs. In roughly two-thirds of cases, the dysfunction is caused by defective cardiac muscle contraction due to coronary disease and hypertension. Despite recent advances in our understanding of the physiopathology of heart failure and the development of new drugs, the prognosis remains serious. The five-year mortality rate is 50%, and heart failure is the main cause of cardiovascular hospitalizations.


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