Published: 28-10-2015 14:40 | Updated: 28-10-2015 14:40

Neighborhood linked to mortality in men with atrial fibrillation (AT)

Professor Per Wändell

Neighborhood is linked to mortality for men with AT, the most common disorder of heart, a study at Karolinska Institutet's Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) shows.

“The mortality is higher in these patients living in neighborhoods with a lower socio-economic status. This indicates that health care in these areas need more resources. Studies conducted on other cardiovascular disease have shown similar results”, says Per Wändell, Professor at KI working at NVS's Division of Family Medicine.

The study includes about 12,000 AT patients at 75 health care centers located in high, medium or low status neighborhoods. The classification was made on the basis of income and education among the residents. "Neighbourhood socio-economic status and all-cause mortality in adults with atrial fibrillation: A cohort study of patient treated in primary care in Sweden" is published in the International Journal of Cardiology.

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