Fast Five Quiz: Atrial Fibrillation and Acute Coronary Syndrome

Sandeep K. Goyal, MD


September 17, 2020

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly sustained cardiac arrhythmia, and it exerts a significant burden on individuals and healthcare systems around the world. In 2017, 37.5 million cases of AF were recorded globally, which represented a 33% increase over the prior two decades. Estimates suggest that by the year 2050, up to 12 million individuals in the United States alone will be affected by AF, and by 2060, 17.9 million people in Europe will have AF. Among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) — a range of clinical presentations usually associated with an atherosclerotic plaque rupture and partial or complete thrombosis of the infarct-related artery — presentation with concomitant AF is fairly common. In this scenario, clinicians must balance the risk for bleeding, cardiac embolism, and coronary thrombosis with appropriate therapeutic combinations.

How much do you know about AF and ACS? Test yourself with this quick quiz.


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