An Exploration of the Relationship Between Atrial Fibrillation and Obesity
Cardiology in Review
In the past 40 years, the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and obesity have skyrocketed. It has long been established that obesity can lead to adverse cardiovascular outcomes due to its myriad of effects on cardiovascular architecture, cardiovascular hemodynamics, and electrical conduction interference. The goal of this article is to explore the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation in obese patients and examine the role of atrial enlargement, increased adipose deposits surrounding the pericardium, interstitial fibrosis, and inflammation in the development and worsening of atrial fibrillation in obese patients.
Upadhyay, K., & Frishman, W. H. (2023). An Exploration of the Relationship Between Atrial Fibrillation and Obesity. Cardiology in Review, 31 (4), 185-192. https://doi.org/10.1097/CRD.0000000000000490