Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common rhythm disturbance in heart failure patients. The prevalence of AF is about 4.2–49.8%, corresponding to the severity of heart failure. According to published data, AF onset increases the risk of stroke increases five-fold. Regarding the fact that about 25% of ischemic strokes are based on an underlying cardiovascular disease, the early detection of asymptomatic AF is of major interest. The Home Monitoring® function implemented in CRT-devices of Biotronik is capable of detecting episodes of atrial tachyarrhythmias.
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