Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with diabetes mellitus

Authors: Martin Škamla;  Ubica Horváthová
Authors‘ workplace: Oddelenie arytmií SÚSCCH, a. s., Banská Bystrica
Published in: Forum Diab 2021; 10(2): 87-92


Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice. Diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation and increases the risk of atrial fibrillation by 40 %. Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is one of the established therapeutic procedures with proven higher effectiveness compared to drug treatment. It has a firm place in the treatment strategy of rhythm control in diabetics with several specifics that must be taken into account when selecting suitable patients. Patients with diabetes are characterized by an accumulation of risk factors for the onset and progression of atrial fibrillation. To ensure sufficient effectiveness of catheter ablation and the whole rhythm control strategy, a radical and comprehensive modification of all risk factors and comorbidities is necessary.


atrial fibrillation – catheter ablation – diabetes mellitus – risk factors for atrial fibrillation


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