A prospective survey of acute hospital admissions with atrial fibrillation in Karachi, Pakistan

Background: There are established differences in cardiovascular disease in different racial groups. Worldwide, the literature regarding the clinical epidemiology of atrial fibrillation (AF) in non-white populations is scarce.

Objectives: To document the clinical epidemiology of AF among hospital admissions to two teaching hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan, over a two-month period and to describe the clinical features and management of these patients.

Subjects: 3,766 acute medical admissions, of whom 245 (6.5%) had AF.