Coronary heart disease and atrial fibrillation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.641a (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:641

Studies have not shown a causal relation

  1. Nigel Wheeldon
  1. Senior registrar Cardiothoracic Unit, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU

    EDITOR,—Gregory Y H Lip and colleagues are not the first to state that coronary heart disease is top of the list of common causes of atrial fibrillation.1 This “fact” continues to be quoted in journals, textbooks, and medical schools, yet the evidence for a causal link between chronic atrial fibrillation and coronary disease is weak, if such a link exists at all.

    A distinction has to be made between conditions that happen to …

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