Send to

Choose Destination
Eur Heart J. 1999 Nov;20(21):1592-9.

Decrease in mortality in patients with a hospital diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in Denmark during the period 1980-1993.

Author information

Amtssygehuset, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark.



Atrial fibrillation is associated with increased mortality. We hypothesized that the death rate in atrial fibrillation patients in Denmark has diminished during the period 1980-1993.


In a random sample of half of the Danish population, 30 330 patients were found to have a diagnosis of incident atrial fibrillation in the Danish National Hospital Discharge Register 1980-1993. Information on previous and concomitant cardiovascular and metabolic diseases during the period 1977-1993 was sought in the register. The temporal trend in total and cardiovascular mortality in the cohort of atrial fibrillation patients was analysed.


A significant decrease in total and cardiovascular mortality was seen, 12-13% for total mortality and 17-18% for cardiovascular mortality. By adjusting for the decreasing cardiovascular mortality rate in the general population, a decrease in the relative risk of total mortality of 8-13% with time was seen for the atrial fibrillation cohort, compared with the population risk, while no reduction in the relative risk of cardiovascular death was seen.


A significant decrease in mortality with calendar period occurred in the cohort of atrial fibrillation patients.

Comment in

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Silverchair Information Systems
Loading ...
Support Center