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AFib doubles dementia risk

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Individuals with AFib have a twice the risk of dementia.

Ott A. Atrial Fibrillation and Dementia in a Population-Based Study: The Rotterdam Study. 1997; 316-21. http://www.academia.edu/23141088/Atrial_Fibrillation_and_Dementia_in_a_Population-Based_Study_The_Rotterdam_Study

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Title
Atrial Fibrillation and Dementia in a Population-Based Study: The Rotterdam Study
Publication Date
1997
Authors
Ott A
Pages
316-21
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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