Atrial fibrillation: all the elderly go hospitalized? A minireview

Tiziana Ciarambino 1, Gennaro Sansone 2, Ombretta Para 3, Mauro Giordano 2

1 Hospital of Marcianise, ASL Caserta, Italy; 2 Department of Medical, Surgical, Neurological, Metabolic, and Geriatric Sciences, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy; 3 Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital of Careggi, University of Florence, Italy

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a very common in clinical practice. The prevalence of AF is high after the age of 65 years. Patients with AF have a worse quality of life than healthy controls. However, concomitant higher hemorrhagic risks, severe cognitive and functional impairment may at least partly explain under-prescription of oral anticoagulants in the elderly.

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