The Effect of Age on Clinical Presentations of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2017, Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 169-175
Atrial fibrillation(AF) is a supraventricular tachyarrhythmia characterized by uncoordinated atrial activation with consequent deterioration of atrial mechanical function.
To demonstrate the effect of the age on clinical presentations of patients with atrial fibrillation.
This is a descriptive cross sectional study carried out in a tertiary cardiac center for 191 patients with atrial fibrillation who attended the selected hospital for any complaint.Their age was ranging from 18 years and above of both sexes.
The more frequent age group for both sexes was between (40-65years). Palpitation was significant presentation in patient above 65 years and dyspnea and hypotention were more in patients below 40 years.The age is also had a significant effect on cardiomegaly on CXR, and on the echocardiographic findings of dilated LA, dilated LV, diastolic dysfunction and segmental wall abnormalities.
The incidence of atrial fibrillation is age and gender related and age has an important effect on certain clinical presentations.
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