Fast Five Quiz: Atrial Fibrillation and Diabetes

Sandeep K. Goyal, MD


April 02, 2020

Figure 1. Artist's representation of abnormal electrical activity characteristic of atrial fibrillation

According to epidemiologic studies, with the exception of North America, patients from Australia have the highest rate of AF worldwide. In addition, Australia has the highest rate of death from AF. The high rates of AF in Australia have been attributed to both the country's increasing aging population and incidence of clinically relevant risk factors for AF, including type 2 DM.

Persons of Asian descent are among patients with the lowest risk for AF. Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that persons of European descent are more likely than African Americans to develop AF, both groups have lower rates of AF than patients from Australia.

Learn more about the epidemiology of AF and its association with DM.


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