Burden of atrial fibrillation

Chee-Wah Khoo, Gregory Lip

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia seen in clinical practice and has attracted much attention due to its association with a substantial mortality and morbidity, particularly from stroke, thromboembolism and heart failure. This Editorial Commentary provides a brief overview of the clinical, economic and epidemiological burden of AF, particularly in the context of hospital readmission of patients with AF. It concludes that further studies on identifying factors and reasons for readmission in AF patients are therefore warranted. Understanding the patterns and factors that are responsible for readmission would help clinicians optimise the treatment strategies for AF patients and in turn improve quality of care and potentially lessen the large burden of AF on healthcare systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-3
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Medical Research and Opinion
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


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