Out-of-hospital pharmacological cardioversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation in elderly patients. Experience of a mobile coronary care unit in Florence, Italy

C. Rostagno, G. F. Gensini, M. Margheri, C. Giglioli, G. Bertini, G. G. Neri Serneri

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Abstract

Background: Out-of-hospital treatment of recent-onset atrial fibrillation can avoid the costs of hospital admission, but its effectiveness and safety in elderly patients (those >70 years old) has not been investigated. Methods: The outcome of domiciliary treatment of recent-onset atrial fibrillation was compared in 743 consecutive patients (337 aged >70 years (45.3%), 406 aged 70 years, 178 70 years and 145 (35.6%) aged 70 years the cardioversion rate and the need for hospital admission were not significantly different from those in younger patients, despite a higher prevalence of organic heart disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-442
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology in the Elderly
Volume3
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Pre-hospital treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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