Mortality of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and an Alternative Primary Diagnosis

Acad Emerg Med, Feb 2013 published a Canadian retrospective cohort study reviewed patients with ECG, presented to ED with atrial fibrillation. The Outcome measure was mortality in short and long term (30 , 90 , 365 days) among patients with atrial fibrillation who had different primary ED diagnosis for their visits. They observed that patients with A-fib and other primary ED diagnosis have mortality rate higher than patients with ED diagnosis of A-fib, and surprisingly mortality rate was 3 times more in patients with A-fib who had alternative ED diagnosis.

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