Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in elderly subjects (the Cardiovascular Health Study).

  title={Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in elderly subjects (the Cardiovascular Health Study).},
  author={Curt D. Furberg and Bruce M. Psaty and Teri Manolio and Julius M. Gardin and Vivienne E Smith and Pentti M. Rautaharju},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  volume={74 3},
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia in elderly persons and a common cause of embolic stroke. Most studies of the prevalence and correlates of AF have used selected, hospital-based populations. The Cardiovascular Health Study is a population-based, longitudinal study of risk factors for coronary artery disease and stroke in 5,201 men and women aged > or = 65 years. AF was diagnosed in 4.8% of women and in 6.2% of men at the baseline examination, and prevalence was strongly associated… CONTINUE READING
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