We found no evidence of a temporal trend in hazard ratios between newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation and all cause mortality. The hazard ratios for non-cardiovascular death declined over time but no evidence of a temporal trend for cardiovascular death was found. Mortality associated with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation remained high compared with individuals without atrial fibrillation, despite showing some improvements over the past 45 years. More than 10 years after a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, individuals with atrial fibrillation lose about two years of life compared with matched referents.
BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2724 (Published 11 August 2020)
Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2724
3 thoughts on “Trends in excess mortality associated with atrial fibrillation over 45 years (Framingham Heart Study)”
I was diagnosed in 2008. Now looking back I’m sure I had two episodes of it in the 1990s. Hoping those two years I lose will be in the way distant future!
There’s always the possibility you never lost those two years to begin with!
That would be very nice! It hasn’t acted up in years knock on wood.