Burden of AF in Women Versus Men

This section discusses differences in the risk, symptoms and burden of AF between men and women

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Sex differences in burden of AF

The risk of developing AF is 1.5–2.1-fold higher in men than in women – data from the Framingham Heart Study show that the age-adjusted prevalence of AF in women is approximately half of that in men. However, because the prevalence of AF increases with age and, on average, women live longer than men, at least as many women as men are estimated to have AF.

The age-adjusted risk of developing AF is higher in men than women

Age-adjusted prevalence of AF in men and women in the Framingham Heart Study by decade.

Symptoms of AF in women versus men

Women with AF are more likely to experience symptoms of AF, such as palpitations and fatigue, compared with men, which reduces their quality of life.

Symptoms of atrial fibrillation compared between men and women

AF-related symptoms assessed using European Hearth Rhythm Association (EHRA) score in patients enrolled in the PREFER AF registry.

Quality of life compared between men and women with atrial fibrillation

Health status scores for psychological and physical domains in patients enrolled in EORP-AF pilot survey.


Next section: AF-Related Stroke in Women Versus Men

Approval No.: G.COM.GM.XA.11.2017.1950

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