SHC Medical Partners

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is not just a cardiac rhythm problem that leads to serious harm through heart failure or strokes etc. It has been known for a while that the disorder is associated with many other cardiac and non-cardiac symptoms that impact quality of life. This editorial provides a summary of a recent study that was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, in which researchers used surveys to assess the quality of life impact of AF. As the editorial points out, AF may result in many cardiac but more importantly, non-specific symptoms (e.g., fatigue, dizziness etc.), particularly among those that are older.

The important takeaway form this study is that AF assessment should include an inquiry about non-specific symptoms and the shared-decision making about how to address it should include a conversation of how it may be effecting patients’ quality of life.