Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1-2% of the global population. Up until recently the treatment of the condition has been centred around either rate or rhythm control strategies in the form of pharmacological or surgical approaches, however never targeting the underlying cause of the arrhythmia. Now, thanks to emerging data from our group in Adelaide, the target approach to treat the underlying source of the arrhythmia is now focussed on the risk factors that are known to predispose the condition such as; obesity, obstructive sleep apnoea, type II diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, alcohol and smoking. This new approach to focus on risk factor management has shown positive outcomes in the management of AF with a reduction in symptoms and burden, but also a reversal of the atrial substrate and subsequent reversal of the disease progression. Given this important emergence of risk factor management in AF, physical activity and exercise has also been receiving wide-spread attention given the role it can play in both the prevention and management of AF. This professional development focuses on the relationship of physical activity and exercise in the management of AF and aims to provide an important insight on the role exercise can play within this emerging field.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 29 November 2018.
Presented by Mr Christian Verdicchio B.App.Sci, GDip, B.Hlth.Sci(Hons), AEP
Christian Verdicchio is an Exercise Physiologist with five-years of both clinical and teaching experience. He has developed special interests in cardiac exercise physiology and at present is currently completing a PhD in Medicine within the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide assessing the role of an exercise led intervention in patients with non-permanent atrial fibrillation (the largest randomised controlled trial to date).
His research thus far has been focussed on the role of exercise in both the prevention and management of atrial fibrillation, along with assessing the use of heart rate metrics in guiding exercise prescription within this patient cohort.
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