Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in China and its risk factors

Biomed Environ Sci. 2013 Sep;26(9):709-16. doi: 10.3967/0895-3988.2013.09.001.


Objective: To study the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the relation with its risk factors in China.

Methods: A total of 19 363 participants (8635 males and 10 728 females) aged ⋝35 years in geographically dispersed urban and rural regions of China were included in this cross-sectional survey. All participants received questionnaire, physical and blood examination. Echocardiography were performed for AF patients found in the survey.

Results: Of the 19 363 participants, 199 were diagnosed with AF. The estimated age-standardized prevalence of AF was 0.78% in men and 0.76% in women. The prevalence of AF in participants aged <60 years was 0.41% in men and 0.43% in women, and was 1.83% in both men and women aged ⋝60 years. About 19.0% of males and 30.9% of females with AF were diagnosed with valve disease. Age- and sex-adjusted multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that myocardial infarction, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), obesity, and alcohol consumption were associated with a increased risk of AF(P<0.05).

Conclusion: The age standardized prevalence of AF is 0.77% in the participants enrolled in the present study. The number of AF cases aged ⋝35 years is 5.26 million according to 2010 Chinese Census. Most risk factors for AF, identified mainly in Western countries, are also detected in China.

Keywords: Atrial fibrillation; Chinese population; Epidemiology; Risk factors.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Atrial Fibrillation / epidemiology*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population
  • Urban Population