Clinical implications of idiopathic atrial fibrillation

B Weijs

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Young and seemingly healthy patients with atrial fibrillation should be better examined and supported, because this heart rhythm disorder is a possible lead for concealed cardiovascular diseases. In idiopathic atrial fibrillation, the heart beats fast and irregularly without a demonstrable cause. Long-term research into a group of young and healthy people with idiopathic atrial fibrillation shows that often beginning cardiovascular diseases are present in these patients, or will develop within five years. The dissertation shows that the findings for this group clearly differ from the control group of persons without heart rhythm disorder. Tackling the underlying problems at an early stage could reduce the risk of serious consequences of cardiovascular diseases later in life.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Crijns, Harry, Supervisor
  • Pisters, R., Co-Supervisor
Award date21 Sept 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461913722
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • idiopatic atrial fibrillation
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • echocardiography

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