Prevalence, age distribution, and gender of patients with atrial fibrillation. Analysis and implications.

@article{Feinberg1995PrevalenceAD,
  title={Prevalence, age distribution, and gender of patients with atrial fibrillation. Analysis and implications.},
  author={William M. Feinberg and Joseph L. Blackshear and Andreas Laupacis and Richard A. Kronmal and Robert G. Hart},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={1995},
  volume={155 5},
  pages={469-73}
}
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is related to age. Anticoagulation is highly effective in preventing stroke in patients with AF, but the risk of hemorrhage may be increased in older patients. We reviewed the available epidemiologic data to define the age and sex distribution of people with AF. From four large recent population-based surveys, we estimated the overall age- and gender-specific prevalence of AF. These estimates were applied to the recent US census data to calculate the… CONTINUE READING
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