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Minerva Medica 2009 April;100(2):145-50

language: English

Atrial fibrillation in the elderly

Wetzel U., Hindricks G., Piorkowski C.

Department of Electrophysiology, Heart Centre University Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing with age. With aging of the population treatment of atrial fibrillation especially in elderly population is a growing task for all medical staff working with elderly patients. Treatment of atrial fibrillation especially in elderly patients has to focus on prevention of thromboembolism as well as symptom relief with rate or rhythm control. This review article will focus on medical and non-pharmacological treatment options for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in elderly patients.

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