Pulse Pressure as a Risk Factor of Atrial Fibrillation in Black African Elderly Patients

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Objective: The aim of this study was to show the prognostic role of High Pulse Pressure (PP) in the occurrence of atrial fibrillation in Black African elderly patients. Materials and Methods: In a comparative retrospective study related to 2000 patients admitted to the Institute of Cardiology of Abidjan, from January 1991 to December 2010 for atrial fibrillation, we matched pulse pressure and atrial fibrillation in Black African elderly patients. Results: The mean age of patients was 65 ± 10 years. Patients with high pulse pressure were 4.8 times more at risk to present atrial fibrillation than those with normal pulse pressure. The threshold of high risk pulse pressure was 65 mmHg. Conclusion: Pulse pressure is a factor of bad prognosis of atrial fibrillation in Black African elderly patients.

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Koffi, J. , Coulibaly, I. , Gnaba, A. , Boka, B. , Koffi, F. , Tanoh, M. , Pinin and Guikahue, M. (2015) Pulse Pressure as a Risk Factor of Atrial Fibrillation in Black African Elderly Patients. World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases, 5, 303-306. doi: 10.4236/wjcd.2015.510034.

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