[Atrial fibrillation--epidemiologic, economic and individual burden of disease].

@article{Brggenjrgen2010AtrialFE,
  title={[Atrial fibrillation--epidemiologic, economic and individual burden of disease].},
  author={B Br{\"u}ggenj{\"u}rgen and Thomas Reinhold and D McBride and Stefan N. Willich},
  journal={Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift},
  year={2010},
  volume={135 Suppl 2},
  pages={S21-5}
}
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia. AF affects especially the elderly. The incidence rises with increasing age to over 15% for those over 90 years old. AF is a risk factor for systemic embolism and ischemic stroke. Stroke with AF is more severe with regard to neurologic impairment. In the management of AF an anticoagulation is essential. However, only half of the patients benefit from anticoagulation in therapeutic target ranges. Costs associated with AF accrue to… CONTINUE READING