Epidemiology and determinants of outcome of admissions for atrial fibrillation in the United States from 1996 to 2001

Am J Cardiol. 2004 Aug 15;94(4):500-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2004.04.068.


Despite numerous epidemiologic studies, few data exist on recent trends in admissions to United States hospitals of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) as a primary diagnosis and on the determinants of outcome of these hospitalizations. In the present study, we investigated recent trends in the incidence of AF admissions to United States hospitals from 1996 to 2001 using a representative sample of all acute-care hospital admissions in the United States provided by the Centers for Disease Control, with special attention to the importance of age, gender, race, and other determinants of outcome, namely, in-hospital mortality.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Atrial Fibrillation / mortality*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / therapy
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality
  • Cause of Death
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Surveys
  • Hospital Mortality / trends*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Admission / trends*
  • Patient Discharge / trends
  • Patient Readmission / trends
  • Sex Factors
  • United States / epidemiology