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Heart Views. 2019 Oct-Dec;20(4):158-165. doi: 10.4103/HEARTVIEWS.HEARTVIEWS_116_19. Epub 2019 Nov 14.

Atrial Fibrillation in Middle Eastern Arabs and South Asians: Summary of Published Articles in the Arabian Gulf.

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Department of Cardiology, Al-Khor Hospital. Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.


Seven studies are summarized herein focusing on different aspects of Atrial fibrillation (AF) in two unique ethnicities for which there is very limited literature published before; Middle Eastern Arabs and South Asians, using data from a national registry of cardiovascular diseases in Qatar over a 20-years period (1991-2010). These studies shed light upon important aspects of AF presentations and outcomes in these two ethnicities, thereby enriching the world literature on AF. In the process, several novel observations were reported and new questions were raised that warrant further investigations.


Arabs; Asian; atrial fibrillation; ethnicity; mortality; prevalence

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