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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How does the treatment of someone in their 40’s vs. 70’s differ for someone with atrial fibrillation?

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    Dr David O'Donnell

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    A graduate of the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1993, Dr David O’Donnell was the recipient of 9 undergraduate awards including the Association of … View Profile

    I think the first thing to say here is that the treatment for atrial fibrillation should be applied regardless of someone's age. The fact is that the influence how we treat someone with atrial fibrillation much more relate to their coexisting health issues. Obviously, someone in their 70's is much more likely to have coexisting health issues than someone in their 40's.
     
    I think that if I meet a patient who has atrial fibrillation without any other underlying health conditions, we would treat them fairly much the same regardless of their age. Having said that, it's important the older you get to exclude underlying causes such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes because we need to treat patients with those conditions more aggressively than we need to treat people who don't have those conditions.

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