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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-106

Atrial fibrillation cases seen at the university of Nigeria teaching hospital, Enugu

Department of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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B C Anisiuba
Department of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 01129 Enugu
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Aim : To determine the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) on electrocardiograms (ECG) of patients attending the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu. Subjects and Methods : Electrocardiograms done at the UNTH between April and September 2004 were analysed. The patients were mainly in-patients. Further information on the patients were obtained from their medical records. Results : 860 ECGs were studied. 30 of them (3.5%) had atrial fibrillation (AF). Seventeen (56.7%) were males and thirteen (43.3%) females. 66.7% of the cases were aged 50 years and above. In 33.3% of the cases, hypertension was the underlying disease, followed by valvular heart disease (23.3%). Conclusion : The incidence of AF in UNTH was 3.5%. There were more males than females with AF. Most of the cases were in the older age group. Hypertension was the commonest underlying disease.

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