The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and its related mortality have been holding fairly steady in Europe overall during the past 3 decades, but a more discriminating data dive shows they vary widely among individual European nations and indicates what may seem like a paradox, researchers say. The arrhythmia has become more common and more deadly over the years in some countries but not others, and those where AF-related mortality is climbing fastest are among the continent’s most affluent.
The findings clash with perceptions of a worsening AF epidemic internationally as the industrialized world’s elder population grows and that health outcomes are better in countries with more robust economies, the group proposes.
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