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Atrial fibrillation in the older adult. Presentation and management issues.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10711089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cardiac arrhythmia in older adults and the most common cause of embolic stroke. Diagnosis of this illness is a challenge in that the older adult may be asymptomatic and/or may present with such atypical symptoms as a change in function, mood, or cognition. This challenge is demonstrated in three vignettes of older individuals who presented with acute onset AF. Nurses need to evaluate older patients for AF so that prompt treatment can be initiated. This proactive approach can have a major impact on preventing strokes and improving the quality of life in these individuals.
B Resnick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0197-4572     ISO Abbreviation:  Geriatr Nurs     Publication Date:    1999 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-03-16     Completed Date:  2000-03-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309633     Medline TA:  Geriatr Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  188-93; quiz 194     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Atrial Fibrillation / complications,  diagnosis,  nursing*
Heart Failure / complications
Hypertension / complications
Nursing Assessment
Patient Care Management*
Patient Care Planning
Risk Factors
Stroke / etiology,  prevention & control

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