Carotid Atherosclerosis and Incident Atrial Fibrillation

  title={Carotid Atherosclerosis and Incident Atrial Fibrillation},
  author={Karin Willeit and Raimund Pechlaner and Georg Egger and Siegfried Weger and Martin Oberhollenzer and Johann Willeit and Stefan Kiechl},
  journal={Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology},
Objective—Atrial fibrillation (AF) and atherosclerotic vascular disease are closely entangled disorders and often coexist. Whether atherosclerosis predisposes to the development of AF has not been fully elucidated. Approach and Results—This study was performed within the framework of the Bruneck Study, a population-based survey with near-complete participation (932 of 1000), long-term follow-up (1990–2010), and thorough assessment of AF. The carotid arteries served as a window to systemic… 

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