Atrial fibrillation as a cause of myocardial and cerebral infarctions.


Pathogenetic role of atrial fibrillation (AF) on myocardial and cerebral infarctions was studied in 2340 consecutive autopsies of the aged. AF was found in 405 cases or 17.3%, and the incidence of AF increased with age. Myocardial infarction and scar were found in 56.8% in AF, but in 36.4% in non-AF (p less than 0.001). Small myocardial infarction was 2.9… (More)


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