Cardiac Rhythm Management
Articles Articles 2014 May

Letter from the New Atrial Fibrillation Section Editor

DOI: 10.19102/icrm.2014.050502

Rahul N. Doshi, MD, FHRS, FACC

PDF Download PDF


There is no subject that is more important to heart rhythm professionals than atrial fibrillation. As the most common form of arrhythmia disorders, we have all been overwhelmed by its prevalence reaching pandemic proportions. As the most common arrhythmia diagnosis resulting in hospitalization, the cost burden on every healthcare system worldwide is staggering. Because of its prevalence and its associated consequences, it creates a large burden on all of us. Moreover, the ubiquitous nature of this disease has likely the highest overlap between heart rhythm professionals and other healthcare providers. It presents as a primary disease, or is associated with other disorders ranging from genetically acquired diseases, structural heart disease, heart failure or in the perioperative setting resulting in higher costs, longer hospital stays, and even mortality.

It is for these reasons that I am greatly excited to serve as section editor for atrial fibrillation. I am looking forward to reviewing the wealth of innovation that surrounds this field, which of course is the very essence of the Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management. I would encourage our readership to help contribute to the journal as we hope to continue to showcase the very latest in treatment modalities, innovative techniques and novel technologies used in the treatment of every aspect of atrial fibrillation.

I would like to personally thank Dr. Day and the editorial board for inviting me to serve as section editor for atrial fibrillation for the Journal. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve the readership, and will do my best to continue and expand the excellence that has been so clearly demonstrated.

Rahul N. Doshi, MD, FHRS, FACC
Director Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Associate Professor of Medicine
USC Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA