Rates of Atrial Fibrillation in Black Versus White Patients With Pacemakers.

@article{Kamel2016RatesOA,
  title={Rates of Atrial Fibrillation in Black Versus White Patients With Pacemakers.},
  author={Hooman Kamel and Dawn Kleindorfer and Prashant Dattatraya Bhave and Mary Cushman and Emily B Levitan and George Howard and Elsayed Z Soliman},
  journal={Journal of the American Heart Association},
  year={2016},
  volume={5 2}
}
BACKGROUND Black US residents experience higher rates of ischemic stroke than white residents but have lower rates of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation (AF), a strong risk factor for stroke. It is unclear whether black persons truly have less AF or simply more undiagnosed AF. METHODS AND RESULTS We obtained administrative claims data from state health agencies regarding all emergency department visits and hospitalizations in California, Florida, and New York. We identified a cohort of… CONTINUE READING
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