SUMMARY: Although risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and obesity are more common in African Americans, African Americans are found to have lower rates of physiciandiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with whites. In this analysis from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, the prevalence of clinically detected AF was substantially lower in African Americans than in white participants, including after adjustment for AF risk factors. However, there were similar rates of 14-day ambulatory monitor detected AF across race/ethnicity. The findings suggest differential detection by race/ethnicity in the clinical recognition of AF.
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