WILLIAM A. EVANS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The onset of auricular fibrillation is generally considered an unfavorable event in the course of organic heart disease. The reports in the literature indicate that the average duration of life after the onset of fibrillation is a matter of a few years comparable to that following the onset of malignant neoplastic disease. White1 gives two to three years as the average duration. Of a group of 173 fatal cases Willius2 found the average duration one year and three months. In 20 cases of auricular fibrillation associated with rheumatic heart disease Jones3 found an average duration of three years and six
EVANS WA. LONG-STANDING CASES OF AURICULAR FIBRILLATION WITH ORGANIC HEART DISEASE; SOME CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;9:1171–1177. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-9-9-1171
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1936;9(9):1171-1177.
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