We concluded that advanced age, left ventricular systolic dysfunction, increased heart rate, and presence of diabetes are cofactors of a reduced HRV in AF patients. Thus, the determinants of heart rate variability in the presence of atrial fibrillation are the same as those in sinus rhythm.
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