Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition) Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)
Rev Esp Cardiol. 2013;66:561-5 - Vol. 66 Num.07 DOI: 10.1016/j.rec.2013.02.012

Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation in Spain in the Past 20 Years

Julián Pérez-Villacastín a,, Nicasio Pérez Castellano a, Javier Moreno Planas a

a Unidad de Arritmias, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Keywords

Atrial fibrillation. Prevalence. Incidence. Epidemiology.

Abstract

Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Because of its potentially serious clinical consequences (heart failure, stroke, and cognitive impairment), atrial fibrillation has important socioeconomic and health implications. This article reviews the major studies on the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation in Spain. Recent data suggest that in people older than 40 years, the prevalence of atrial fibrillation may be more than 4%. Given the current Spanish demography, these data would imply that more than 1 million people in Spain have atrial fibrillation.

1885-5857/© 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved

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