Category: Physicians

Family Physicians

Recent Thoughts Concerning Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the commonest arrhythmia cited in Medicare patients, and its occurrence continues to grow in the ever-expanding global geriatric population.1 When I am the attending on our cardiology consult service, we frequently see 2 or more patients with recent onset atrial fibrillation each day. Incidences and mortality rates related to atrial fibrillation in both men and women have increased substantially in some states of the US but not in others while mortality rates related to atrial fibrillation in women have increased more than in men throughout the US.

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