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Atrial Fibrillation: The Epidemic of the New Millennium

Michael D. Ezekowitz, MD, PhD
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Yale University School of Medicine; New Haven, CT 06510 (Ezekowitz)

Note: Dr. Ezekowitz is a consultant for several companies, including DuPont, the manufacturer of Coumadin.

Acknowledgment: The author thanks Paulette Trent for administrative support.

Requests for Reprints: Michael D. Ezekowitz, MD, PhD, Yale Clinical Trials Office, Yale University School of Medicine, 47 College Street, Suite 202, New Haven, CT 06510.

Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(7):537-538. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-7-199910050-00011
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By the year 2030, the number of Americans older than 65 years of age will double. Approximately 4% of persons 65 years of age will have atrial fibrillation, and this percentage will increase to approximately 15% at age 75 (12). These data have important implications for the health care system. Most of this growing population of patients will need a simple, cost-effective treatment strategy that can be managed in a primary care setting.

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