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Atrial Fibrillation and Aging: Risky Mutual Relationships

Giuseppe Boriani, MD, PhD
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CORRESPONDENCE TO: Giuseppe Boriani, MD, PhD, Cardiology Department, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Policlinico di Modena, Viale del Pozzo, 71, 41124 Modena, Italy


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(2):301-302. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.08.018
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Atrial fibrillation (AF) and aging have several mutual relationships. As known from many epidemiological studies, both the prevalence and incidence of AF increase sharply after 65 years of age and more than 10% of patients aged at least 85 years (so-called “oldest-old” patients) have clinical AF., However, all of these epidemiological surveys underestimate the real prevalence and incidence of AF since a substantial proportion of elderly patients are asymptomatic, with AF often discovered at a routine check or only at the time of stroke, or even after stroke occurrence.,

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