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Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnostic
and Therapeutic Aspects About 45 Cases in a Cardiology Department of Sikasso Hospital in Mali
Traore AK, Sangare Z, Doumbia M, Mingou JS*, Sanogo D, Traore O, Traore SI, Dioma E, Birwe L, Sarr SA, Bodian M and Kane AD
Department of Cardiology, Aristide Le Dantec Hospital University, Senegal
Submission: November 01, 2018; Published: December 10, 2018
*Corresponding author: Joseph Salvador Mingou, Department of Cardiology, Aristide Le Dantec Hospital University, Dakar, Senegal.
How to cite this article: Traore A, Sangare Z, Doumbia M, Mingou J, Sanogo D,etc all. Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Aspects About
45 Cases in a Cardiology Department of Sikasso Hospital in Mali. J Cardiol & Cardiovasc Ther. 2018; 12(4): 555845. DOI: 10.19080/JOCCT.2018.12.555845
Introduction: Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the more common cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. It is responsible of a real public health problem due to his high incidence and increase.
Aim: Describe the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
Methods: It was a descriptive cross-sectional study during a period of two years from October 1st, 2014 to September 30th, 2016. Were included in the study patients with atrial fibrillation hospitalized at the cardiology department of Sikasso hospital in Mali.
Results:Forty-five patients were includes with a hospital rate of 3.33%. The mean age was 45 year (30-89 years) with a sex ratio of 0.66. Symptoms were dominated by those of heart failure (42.2%). Persistent atrial fibrillation was more frequent. Subjacent cardiopathy was dominated by hypertensive heart disease (51,1%) follow by dilated cardiomyopathy (15,5%). Tachycardia was noticed at admission in 71,6% cases. Echocardiography noted a left atrium dilatation in 33,8% of case, an alteration of left ventricular fraction ejection in 37.8%. The CHA2DS2VASc score of 2 or higher was found in 72,6% of patient and the HAS-BLED score of 3 or higher was found 3 in 13%. The anticoagulation therapy was prescribed in 92,7% of case in whom vitamin K antagonist was used in 87,2%. Digoxin was prescribed in 78%, beta-blockers in 11% and calcium canal blocker in 3%. Nine dot eight percent of case were given a direct cardioversion treatment in 3,12 % or electrical treatment in 6.68%. Among the latters, a sinus rhythm was restored in 7, 35% case. Complications were dominated by heard failure (52%) followed by thromboembolic events (17,8%). The mean of the hospital’s duration was 9 days and the rate of mortality of 3.6%.
Conclusion: Our work has come to point out the occurrence of non-valvular AF in young people, the weight of hypertensive heart disease, the high thrombotic risk level and also the significant usage of digoxin.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF), particularly the non-valvular form represents an actual problem in the cardiological environment because of its incidence and his severity related to multiple complications particularly in senior citizen with polypathology .
Often associated with all forms of heart disease, AF occurs frequently during an evolution of a mitral valvular disease, affecting 30-50% of patients with a surgical indication .
Its incidence increases with age, corresponding to 2% above 60 years of and 8-10% above 75 years of age . It was higher in men than women according to some authors, overall mortality and cardiovascular mortality were twice more important in patients with AF than in general population . Non-valvular AF is common at the same time (80% of FA in Europe), affecting 3-5
% of people over 60 year of age and it is a potent risk factor of ischemic stroke (5% per year about five time higher than patients without AF) [3-5].
It affects 2.4 million of people in the United State and 6 million in Europe . It represents 7,1 hospital Aristide Le Dantec, % rate of hospitalisation in Congo . In the cardiology department hospital, we found during the period of 2006 to 2007 an incidence of 17% of AF corresponding to 68% of all cardiac arrhythmia disorder . In Mali, the non-valvular AF represented 11.39% of rate of hospitalisation in the cardiology department of Gabriel TOURE University Hospital in 2012 . The mortality rate is 23% per month, versus 8% in patients with sinus rhythm. Among monthly survivors the annual mean of relapse was about 10% and the overall mortality rate is multiplied by a factor of 2 .
Several studies has been done on AF in Sub-Saharan Africa,
but very few were focused specifically on the non-valvular form
[7,10]. Its management is often limited because of the lack of
technical platform [8,9].
It was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted during
a period of two years from October 1st, 2014 to September 30th,
2016 in patients hospitalized for a non-valvular AF.
The diagnostic was led by an electrocardiogram performed.
The Thrombotic risk was assessed by the CHA2DS2VASc score
and the haemorrhagic risk by HAS-BLED score. All participants
are volunteers and ethical considerations were taken into account.
The studied Parameters used concerned epidemiological, clinical,
paraclinic, therapeutic and evaluative data. Data were collected in
a pre-established survey sheet and transcribed in a database using
EXCEL version 2010 software. Data analysis were performed
using the SPSS version 20 software.
Forty-five patients were included with a hospital’s incidence
of 3.33%. the mean age was 45 year (30-89years) and a sex ratio
of 0.66. Symptoms were dominated by those of heart failure
(42,2%). Persistent AF were more frequent (68,42%). Subjacent
cardiopathy was dominated by hypertensive heart disease
(51,1%) followed by dilated cardiomyopathy (15,5%) (Table 1).
Among extra cardiac causes, hyperthyroidism represented 3.5%
of case, tachycardia was noticed at admission in 71.6% patients.
The mean of heart rate on the electrocardiogram was 102.8 beats
per minute with repolarization disorders in 40%.
Echocardiography has noted a dilatation of the left atrium
in 33.3% of case (Figure 1), an alteration of ventricular ejection
fraction in 37.8%. The CHA2DS2VASc score was 2 or higher in
72.6% and HAS-BLED was 3 or higher in 13% of patients.
The anticoagulation therapy was prescribed in 92,7% of
case in whom vitamin K antagonist was used in 87,2%. Digoxin
was prescribed in 78%, beta-blockers in 11% and calcium canal
blockers in 3% (Figure 2).
Nine dot eight percent of case were given a direct cardioversion
treatment in 3,12 % or electrical treatment in 6.68%. Among
the latters, a sensual rhythm was restored in 7, 35% case.
Complications were dominated by heard failure (52%) followed
by trombo-embolic incidence (17,8%). The Mean of hospital’s
duration was 9 days (3-14 days) and the rate of mortality was
Non-valvular AF represents 61% of all cardiac arrhythmia
. In our study, it represented 70% of all cardiac arrhythmia
with a hospital prevalence of 3.33%. The mean age in our series
was 45 year with an extremes of 30 and 89 years. This result is
near from this one of Lamoudi Prisca who found a mean age of 67,
36 +/- 12,23 year . This difference could be explained by the
duration and the place of the study.
Women were more represented than men in our study with
a sex ratio of 0.6. This result is similar to the one of Lamoudi
Prisca in Dakar . This would be explained by the multiplicity
of cardiovascular risk factor and the fact that rate of women is
higher than that of men (60% vs. 40%) in general population and
also the fact that women live longer and attended the more health
maintenance center than men. Hypertension was the risk factor
the more represented (51,1%). This is similar to Framingham
survey which noted less 50% . Hyperthyroidism was found in
3.5% as non-cardiac causes; this result was similar to this one of
Lamoudi Prisca  in Senegal 3,6%.
The mean of heart rate was 102.8 beats per minute (42-209
beats per minute); Lamoudi in Senegal in 2009 found 108 beats/
minute (40 à 180 beats/minute) .
The Most represented Echocardiographic abnormalities were
left atrium dilatation in 33.3% of case. The high incidence of left
atrium dilatation was reported in the majority of studies [13,14].
In fact, the association between the left atrial dilatation and the
onset of AF is classical. In fact, the more the left atrium is dilated,
the risk of AF occurrence is important.
Hypertensive heart disease represented 51.1% in our series.
Chahir IT  found 23% in Senegal, Mbolla  in found 33, 6%
in Congo. This high frequency could be explained by the delay of
diagnosis linked to patient’s lack of knowledge of their state of
health and to difficulties to access to medical care.
Electrical and drug resinusalization has been observed
in 7.35% (5 cases) versus 9 cases in a study by Chahir IT .
Thromboembolic complications represented 17.8% in our study
of witch 12.71% ischemic stroke. Chahir IT in his study found
15%  and the Framingham survey  reported 15 to 20%.
This difference could be explained by the size of the samples, the
age of patients, but also the delay of the diagnosis in our area.
The mortality rate was 3.6% versus 4.2% reported in a study by
Lamoudi Prisca .
Non-valular AF is a common public health problem because
of its high prevalence and also the complexity of its management.
Hypertension is as far the most incriminated risk factor in the
occurrence of AF because of his multifactorial nature.
Despite the panoply of methods used in his management, it is
enamelled by the occurrence of redoubtable complications.
Our study has come to point out the occurrence of nonvalvular
AF in young in, the weight of hypertensive heart disease
and the high of thrombotic risk level but also the significant use of
digoxin. It is responsible for a large number of death so it would be
useful to diagnose it soon, and a strict and codified management