Epidemiology of Arrhythmias and Conduction Disorders in Older Adults

Grant V. Chow, Joseph E. Marine, Jerome L. Fleg

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Normal aging is associated with a multitude of changes in the cardiovascular system, including decreased compliance of blood vessels, mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy, an increased contribution of atrial contraction to left ventricular filling, and a higher incidence of many cardiac arrhythmias, both bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias. Conduction disorders also become more common with age, and may either be asymptomatic, or cause hemodynamic changes requiring treatment. The epidemiology of common arrhythmias and conduction disorders in the elderly is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-553
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in geriatric medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Aging
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Conduction disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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