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Globalization of the Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Financial Burden of Atrial FibrillationGlobalization of Atrial Fibrillation

Giuseppe Boriani, MD, PhD; Igor Diemberger, MD, PhD
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From the Institute of Cardiology, University of Bologna.

Correspondence to: Giuseppe Boriani, MD, PhD, Institute of Cardiology, University of Bologna, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi, via Massarenti 9, 40138 Bologna, Italy; e-mail: giuseppe.boriani@unibo.it


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2012;142(6):1368-1370. doi:10.1378/chest.12-1091
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In this issue of CHEST (see page 1489), an intriguing article by Lip et al1 provides a systematic review of the epidemiologic studies published in the last 20 years (including study populations of at least 750 people). The review focused on countries outside North America and Europe and assessed the prevalence or incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), risk factors for AF and cardioembolic stroke, and the use of antithrombotic prophylaxis. This contribution covers a knowledge gap, since most published epidemiologic studies on AF focused on predominantly white populations from North America or Europe.2

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