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The association between atrial fibrillation and Alzheimer's disease: fact or fallacy? A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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Summary of "The association between atrial fibrillation and Alzheimer's disease: fact or fallacy? A systematic review and meta-analysis."

The association between atrial fibrillation and dementia has been described. Whether a specific association exists between atrial fibrillation and Alzheimer's disease remains uncertain. This study aims to assess the association between atrial fibrillation and Alzheimer's disease through a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature.

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Name: Journal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.)
ISSN: 1558-2035
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