Prevalence and management of atrial fibrillation in middle-aged/older athletes

Stefania Sacchi, Giuseppe Mascia, Luigi Di Biase, Pasquale Santangeli, John David Burkhardt, Luigi Padeletti, Andrea Natale

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in the athletic community. Many studies have shown that the prevalence of AF is higher in athletes who are involved in long-term sports participation compared to the general population of the same age, and AF is more frequently observed in middle-aged than in young athletes. Sports activity may represent a facilitating factor anticipating the AF onset but does not represent the cause of AF. Catheter ablation is a particularly attractive option for athletes with AF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Ablation
  • Athletes
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Inflammatory response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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