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Ischemic strokes caused by AFib

Atrial fibrillation is responsible for at least 15% to 20% of all ischemic strokes.

Go, AS. The Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly Persons: The tip of the iceberg. Am J Geriatr Cardiol. 2005; 14(2): 56-61. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1076-7460.2005.02278.x/full

Reference

Title
The Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly Persons: The tip of the iceberg
Publication
Am J Geriatr Cardiol
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Go, AS
Volume & Issue
Volume 14, Issue 2
Pages
56-61
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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