Mortality in atrial fibrillation. Is it changing?

Alvaro Alonso, Zakaria Almuwaqqat, Alanna Chamberlain

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Patients with atrial fibrillation experience higher mortality rates than those without this condition. Recent studies have explored whether mortality rates in atrial fibrillation patients and the overall impact of atrial fibrillation on mortality has changed. Overall, mortality in atrial fibrillation has decreased over the last few decades, with no strong differences between men and women. These improvements could be caused by advances in preventing thromboembolic complications of atrial fibrillation or better management of comorbidities in these patients. Understanding the mechanisms for these changes and developing novel approaches to improve survival in AF patients are areas deserving of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-473
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in cardiovascular medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Epidemiology
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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