Status of the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation.

  title={Status of the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation.},
  author={William Bernard Kannel and Emelia J Benjamin},
  journal={The Medical clinics of North America},
  volume={92 1},
  pages={17-40, ix}
Atrial fibrillation (AF), an increasingly common dysrhythmia, is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. Currently in the United States, approximately 2.3 million people are diagnosed with AF and, based on the census, this number may rise to 5.6 million by 2050. Risk factors for AF include advancing age and cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. The chief hazard of AF is embolic stroke, which is increased four- to fivefold, assuming great importance in advanced age when it… CONTINUE READING


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