Shoemaker MB, Gidfar S, Pipilas DC, Tamboli RA, Savio Galimberti E, Williams DB, Clements RH, Darbar D. Prevalence and predictors of atrial fibrillation among patients undergoing bariatric surgery. Obesity surgery. 2014 Apr;24(24). 611-6. PMID: 24214203 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3972357 NIHMSID: NIHMS537474.
While AF is a disease of the elderly, it can occur earlier in the presence of risk factors such as obesity. Bariatric surgery patients are significantly younger and more obese than previously described populations with AF. Therefore, it remains to be determined whether current estimates of the prevalence and predictors for AF remain true in the bariatric surgery population.