The Relationship Between Atrial Fibrillation and Frailty in Community-Dwelling Elderly

2018-02-07 16:17:11 | BioPortfolio


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmias in clinical practice. Research investigating hospitalized patients have indicated there are deleterious effects of AF on patients besides the disease burden itself, including longer stay days for hospitalization, higher rates of frailty and increasing mortality rate after discharged in six months. In the community-dwelling research also found that elderly with AF have lower cognitive function, physical functional tests score and slower walking speed compared with the health ones. However, there is limited articles investigating the impact of AF on community-dwelling elderly, and the relationship between AF and frailty is also lack of discussion. According to the aged society and increasing prevalence of AF, the relationship between AF and frailty in community-dwelling elderly is warranting investigated.

Study Design


Atrial Fibrillation


Frailty status assessment


Ming-Ting Yang
Zhongzheng District




National Taiwan University Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2018-02-07T16:17:11-0500

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Rapid, irregular atrial contractions caused by a block of electrical impulse conduction in the right atrium and a reentrant wave front traveling up the inter-atrial septum and down the right atrial free wall or vice versa. Unlike ATRIAL FIBRILLATION which is caused by abnormal impulse generation, typical atrial flutter is caused by abnormal impulse conduction. As in atrial fibrillation, patients with atrial flutter cannot effectively pump blood into the lower chambers of the heart (HEART VENTRICLES).

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