Update on the Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Older Adults

Hatim Al Lawati, Fatemeh Akbarian, Mohammad Ali Shafiee

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is by the far the most common cardiac rhythm disturbance encountered in clinical practice. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortals ty and has potentially lifelong implications in terms of therapy and complications. This disease is more commonly seen now given the increased life expectancy and the remarkable advances made in health care. The already at-risk older adult population is particularly vulnerable to complications from AF, especially embolic cerebrovascular events. This article reviews the evidence-based management of AF with a particular focus on the older adult population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • , older adults
  • Anticoagulation
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Rate control
  • Rhythm control
  • Stroke
  • Stroke prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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