Epidemiology of arrhythmias and conduction disorders in older adults

Clin Geriatr Med. 2012 Nov;28(4):539-53. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2012.07.003.


Normal aging is associated with a multitude of changes in the cardiovascular system, including decreased compliance of blood vessels, mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy, an increased contribution of atrial contraction to left ventricular filling, and a higher incidence of many cardiac arrhythmias, both bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias. Conduction disorders also become more common with age, and may either be asymptomatic, or cause hemodynamic changes requiring treatment. The epidemiology of common arrhythmias and conduction disorders in the elderly is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aging / pathology
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / epidemiology*
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / physiopathology
  • Heart Conduction System / physiology
  • Heart Conduction System / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors