AF is a common arrhythmia associated with large
burden of morbidity and mortality. In areas with a high prevalence of rheumatic heart disease, valve
disease is the most common substrate for the occurrence of AF and this problem
assumes greater importance because the resulting escalation in morbidity and
mortality involves relatively younger population. As is true of the general population, the
prevalence of AF in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease (RMVD) increases
with advancing age.
Credits: Bhima shankar P.R; Hygriv Roa B; Jaishankar S; Narasimhan