Atrial fibrillation (AF) and co-morbidity in elderly. A population based survey of 85 years old subjects

Karin Radholm, Carl Johan Ostgren, Urban Alehagen, Magnus Falk, Ewa Wressle, Jan Marcusson, Katarina Nägga

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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 Linkoping 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. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E170-E175
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Neurology


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Co-morbidities of elderly
  • CHADS2 score
  • Oral
  • anticoagulation
  • Health-related quality of life


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