Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly: A Review.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the elderly. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality due to hemodynamic and cardioembolic complications. The incidence of stroke in elderly patients is 5 times higher than in patients in sinus rhythm. Atrial fibrillation should be actively treated in the elderly. Treatment should be directed toward the correction of reversible factors, control of ventricular response rate, restoration and maintenance of sinus rhythm, and prevention of cardioembolic events. Treatment of atrial fibrillation in the elderly should be individualized with careful regard for risk-benefit ratio.
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Movsowitz, H. D., Lampert, C., Jacobs, L. E., & Kotler, M. N. (1994). Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly: A Review. The American journal of geriatric cardiology, 3(2), 26–40.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Cardiology Division