Atrial fibrillation (AF) and co-morbidity in elderly. A population based survey of 85 years old subjects.
2011 (English)In: Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), ISSN 0167-4943, E-ISSN 1872-6976, Vol. 52, no 3, e170-e175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The occurrence of AF increases sharply with age. The aim of this study was to explore and compare prevalent co-morbidity and self-estimated health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in subjects with AF versus subjects with sinus rhythm or pacemaker in 85 years old subjects. We analyzed data from a population of 336 eighty-five years old subjects participating in the Elderly in Linköping Screening Assessment (ELSA-85) study. Medical history was obtained from postal questionnaire, medical records and during medical examination that included a physical examination, cognitive tests, non-fasting venous blood samples and electrocardiographic (ECG) examination. 19% had an ECG showing AF. There were very few significant differences regarding medical history, self-estimated quality of life (QoL), laboratory- and examination findings and use of public health care between the AF group and the non-AF group. The study showed that the population of 85 years old subjects with AF was surprisingly healthy in terms of prevalent co-existing medical conditions, healthcare contacts and overall HRQoL. We conclude that elderly patients with AF do not in general have increased co-morbidity than subjects without AF.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 52, no 3, e170-e175 p.
Atrial fibrillation; Co-morbidities of elderly; CHADS2 score; Oral anticoagulation; Health-related quality of life
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67143DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2010.10.024ISI: 000288989400015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67143DiVA: diva2:407700
Original Publication: Karin Rådholm, Carl Johan Östgren, Urban Alehagen, Magnus Falk, Eva Wressle, Jan Marcusson and Katarina Nägga, Atrial fibrillation (AF) and co-morbidity in elderly. A population based survey of 85 years old subjects., 2011, Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), (52), 3, e170-e175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2010.10.024 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/2011-03-312011-03-312015-09-11