Does treatment of hypertension decrease the incidence of atrial fibrillation and cardioembolic stroke?

B. Solun, D. Marcoviciu*, D. Dicker

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Hypertension is the most common disease affecting humans. Statistical surveys indicate that approximately one billion individuals worldwide suffer from this serious condition. The spotlight of the present review is on the cardiac involvement in patients with hypertension and especially on the possibility that treatment of increased blood pressure may abolish the incidence of cardiac arrhythmia and particularly atrial fibrillation. Modern therapeutic approach based on the electrical and structural remodeling process in the hypertensive heart with a consequent administration of ACE inhibitors and AT1 receptor blockers represent new and more efficient option compared to other antihypertensive drugs, such as calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers and thiazide-type diuretics and might be useful in the prevention of atrial fibrillation and incidence of stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ACEI inhibitors
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial structural remodeling
  • Hypertension

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