Management of arrhythmias in elderly patients

C. Barbraud Published in the journal : December 2016 Category : Cardiology

Summary :

Arrhythmias are common in elderly patients, and particularly atrial fibrillation, whose prevalence exceeds 15% in subjects aged over 75 years. In these patients, atrial fibrillation has been shown to be associated with a high risk of thromboembolic events. It is therefore paramount to accurately diagnose atrial fibrillation and promptly initiate anticoagulation therapy that has been shown to reduce mortality, even among frail elderly patients.

Key Words

Atrial fibrillation- anticoagulation therapy