The Atrial Fibrillation Digital Collection, 2012-2017

Haris M. Haqqani and Kim H. Chan, Heart Rhythm Section Editors, Heart, Lung and Circulation, and A. Robert Denniss, Editor-in-Chief, Heart, Lung and Circulation

This year marks the first time that Heart, Lung and Circulation has commissioned a Special Issue on atrial fibrillation (AF). This print issue, entitled Atrial Fibrillation: State of the Art in 2017, was commissioned to showcase the rapid progress made by regional and global experts in the field of AF pathobiology, diagnosis, prevention and management.

To acknowledge the many years of AF-related progress made in arriving at the Special Issue, and as an accompanying volume to that, we are now launching a virtual archive called The Atrial Fibrillation Digital Collection, 2012-2017. With this, we aim to highlight the most notable papers in AF research and practice published in the Journal in the last five years or so. Not surprisingly, and in appropriate proportion to the most pressing global health impacts of this growing pandemic, the commonest theme addressed by these papers is stroke prevention in AF. Other papers relate to the expanding areas of catheter and surgical ablation, cardioversion, and risk factor management. To conclude this Digital Collection, there is an important paper on the intriguing prospects of gene therapy to treat AF.

We are delighted to commend both The Atrial Fibrillation Digital Collection, 2012-2017, and the Special Issue, Atrial Fibrillation: State of the Art in 2017, to our readers.

Stroke Prevention By Drugs

  • Evaluation of Trends of Inpatient Hospitalisation for Significant Haemorrhage in Patients Anticoagulated for Atrial Fibrillation before and after the Release of Novel Anticoagulants

    Madan Badal, Madan Raj Aryal, Joan Mege, Ashok Chaudhary, Anthony A. Donato
    Vol. 24, Issue 1
    Published online: August 6, 2014
  • Who Gets Stroke Prevention? Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation Patients in the Inpatient Setting

    Robyn Gallagher, Kellie Roach, Leonie Sadler, Julie Belshaw, Ann Kirkness, Ling Zhang, Ross Proctor, Lis Neubeck
    Vol. 24, Issue 5
    Published online: December 23, 2014
  • Dabigatran for Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation – Early Clinical Experience in a Hospital Population and Comparison to Trial Data

    Jonathan Michel, David Mundell, Tau Boga, Alexander Sasse
    Vol. 22, Issue 1
    Published online: October 10, 2012
  • Relationships between Anticoagulation, Risk Scores and Adverse Outcomes in Dialysis Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

    Tom Kai Ming Wang, Janarthanan Sathananthan, Mark Marshall, Andrew Kerr, Chris Hood
    Vol. 25, Issue 3
    Published online: September 22, 2015

Stroke Prevention By Devices

  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation

    Alexander Incani, Joseph C. Lee, Karl K. Poon, Darryl J. Burstow, O. Christopher Raffel, Darren L. Walters
    Vol. 21, Issue 4
    Published in issue: April 2012
  • Percutaneous Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices: Role in the Long-Term Management of Atrial Fibrillation

    Chieh Howe (Gary) Gan, Aditya Bhat, Lloyd Davis, A. Robert Denniss
    Vol. 23, Issue 5
    Published online: February 13, 2014
  • Intra-Atrial Excision of the Left Atrial Appendage: A Simple and Easy Technique

    Shigeaki Aoyagi, Eiki Tayama, Takeshi Oda, Tomokazu Kosuga, Hiroshi Yasunaga
    Vol. 26, Issue 4
    Published online: September 9, 2016
  • Efficacy and Safety of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion for Stroke Prevention in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation: A Meta-analysis of Contemporary Studies

    Haiyan Xu, Xiongwei Xie, Bingjian Wang, Shuren Ma, Fang Wang
    Vol. 25, Issue 11
    Published online: May 2, 2016
  • Retrospective Cohort Study Examining Reduced Intensity and Duration of Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Therapy Following Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion with the WATCHMAN Device

    Matthew K. Tung, Satish Ramkumar, James D. Cameron, Benjamin Pang, Nitesh Nerlekar, Emily Kotschet, Jeffrey Alison
    Vol. 26, Issue 5
    Published online: November 15, 2016


  • Long Term Follow-up of Pulmonary Vein Isolation Using Cryoballoon Ablation

    Allan J. Davies, Nick Jackson, Malcolm Barlow, James Leitch
    Vol. 25, Issue 3
    Published online: August 3, 2015
  • Quality of Life after Surgical Ablation of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Prospective Evaluation

    Alexander Chernyavskiy, Yulia Kareva, Inessa Pak, Sardor Rakhmonov, Evgeny Pokushalov, Alexander Romanov
    Vol. 25, Issue 4
    Published online: November 4, 2015
  • Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Concomitant Left Ventricular Impairment: a Systematic Review of Efficacy and Effect on Ejection Fraction

    Anand N. Ganesan, Savvy Nandal, Jakob Lüker, Rajeev K. Pathak, Rajiv Mahajan, Darragh Twomey, Dennis H. Lau, Prashanthan Sanders
    Vol. 24, Issue 3
    Published online: September 29, 2014
  • Periprocedural Management of Novel Oral Anticoagulants During Atrial Fibrillation Ablation: Controversies and Review of the Current Evidence

    Hany S. Abed, Vivien Chen, Michael J. Kilborn, Raymond W. Sy
    Vol. 25, Issue 12
    Published online: June 21, 2016
  • Treating Atrial Fibrillation: Pulmonary Vein Isolation with the Cryoballoon Technique

    Nick Jackson, Malcolm Barlow, James Leitch, John Attia
    Vol. 21, Issue 8
    Published online: June 28, 2012

Post-Cardiac Surgery AF

  • Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery: A Two-dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography Study

    Beste Ozben, Dursun Akaslan, Murat Sunbul, Deniz Filinte, Koray Ak, İbrahim Sari, Kursat Tigen, Yelda Basaran
    Vol. 25, Issue 10
    Published online: March 5, 2016
  • Prophylaxis Against Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery: Beneficial Effect of Perioperative Metoprolol

    Marina A. Skiba, Adrian W. Pick, Krishanu Chaudhuri, Michael Bailey, Henry Krum, Lachlan J. Kwa, Franklin L. Rosenfeldt
    Vol. 22, Issue 8
    Published online: March 4, 2013

Risk Factor Management

  • Reverse Remodelling of the Atria After Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: Evidence from Electro-mechanical and Endocrine Markers

    Patrick Müller, Carsten Grabowski, Fabian Schiedat, Dong-In Shin, Johannes Walter Dietrich, Andreas Mügge, Thomas Deneke, Jörg Walter Walther, Kaffer Kara
    Vol. 25, Issue 1
    Published online: June 6, 2015
  • A Randomised Controlled Trial on the Effect of Nurse-Led Educational Intervention at the Time of Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation on Quality of Life, Symptom Severity and Rehospitalisation

    John L. Bowyer, Phillip J. Tully, Anand N. Ganesan, Fahd K. Chahadi, Cameron B. Singleton, Andrew D. McGavigan
    Vol. 26, Issue 1
    Published online: June 13, 2016

Electrical Cardioversion

  • A South Australian Registry of Biphasic Cardioversions of Atrial Arrhythmias: Efficacy and Predictors of Success

    Melanie R. Wittwer, Sharmalar Rajendran, Jill Kealley, Margaret A. Arstall
    Vol. 24, Issue 4
    Published online: November 4, 2014

Future Therapies