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World J Hepatol. Apr 8, 2015; 7(4): 662-672
Published online Apr 8, 2015. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v7.i4.662
Arrhythmia risk in liver cirrhosis
Ioana Mozos
Ioana Mozos, Department of Functional Sciences, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 300173 Timisoara, Romania
Author contributions: Mozos I reviewed the literature and wrote the manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Ioana Mozos, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Functional Sciences, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, T. Vladimirescu Street 14, 300173 Timisoara, Romania.
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Received: August 23, 2014
Peer-review started: August 24, 2014
First decision: October 14, 2014
Revised: December 4, 2014
Accepted: January 15, 2015
Article in press: January 19, 2015
Published online: April 8, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Arrhythmias and electrocardiographic changes occur in several non-cardiac diseases, including liver cirrhosis. Supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and flutter, and premature atrial and ventricular contractions, have been reported in cirrhotic patients. It is questionable whether the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and flutter is high in patients with liver cirrhosis, or if liver cirrhosis protects against supraventricular arrhythmias.