Autonomic nerves in pulmonary veins

Alex Y. Tan, Peng Sheng Chen, Lan S. Chen, Michael C. Fishbein

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Rapid repetitive activities arising from pulmonary veins may initiate atrial fibrillation. The basis of these rapid repetitive activities remains unclear, but recent evidence suggests that the autonomic nervous system plays an important role in their formation. Pulmonary veins and the adjoining left atrium are highly innervated structures. This review summarizes recent developments in the understanding of the anatomy of autonomic nerves in and around pulmonary veins and their implications for atrial fibrillation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S57-S60
JournalHeart Rhythm
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Inferior vena cava
  • Left atrium
  • Pulmonary vein
  • Superior vena cava
  • Vein of Marshall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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    Tan, A. Y., Chen, P. S., Chen, L. S., & Fishbein, M. C. (2007). Autonomic nerves in pulmonary veins. Heart Rhythm, 4(3 SUPPL.), S57-S60.