Lifetime risk of atrial fibrillation

Donald M Lloyd-Jones*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Using data from 8,725 participants in the Framingham Heart Study who were followed for 176,166 person-years, we estimate that the lifetime risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) is 1 in 4 for men and women aged 40 years and older. Even when there is no antecedent congestive heart failure or myocardial infarction, the lifetime risk of AF is high (1 in 6). This significant lifetime risk highlights the major public health problem resulting from AF and the need for further study into causes, prevention, and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalCardiology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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