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Risk of mortality and worse outcomes in new AF patients

Mortality and cardiovascular (CV) outcomes are worse for patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) managed in UK primary care, according to a study published recently in the British Journal of Cardiology.1

The authors used electronic patient records in The Health Improvement Network to identify incident AF (n=9,418, 52.1% male, mean age 73.8 years [standard deviation 11.2]) and matched (gender, age and locality) controls (n=47,090) aged ≥40 years. Three main study outcomes were assessed within two years of follow-up: incident CV outcomes, CV mortality and all-cause mortality. AF cases had an increased risk of developing all investigated CV outcomes when compared with controls.

AF patients were also twice as likely to die from all causes and almost three times more likely to die from CV reasons than controls. AF cases demonstrated consistently worse prognosis across all of the main outcomes assessed when compared with the control patients.

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Published on: January 29, 2015

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