Differences in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) between men and women were investigated by using Gulf SAFE data in the Middle East. The study included 2,043 patients presenting with AF to emergency room (ER) were prospectively enrolled and followed for one-year. Women were older, have higher body mass index (BMI), comorbidities, and health complications than men. With regard to management of AF, cardioversion was recommended more often for men (16.7% vs. 9.3%), and underwent electrical cardioversion (2.2% vs. 1.1%). Women were prescribed digoxin more frequently than men (25.6% vs. 17.4%) and a significant number women received warfarin alone (31.1% vs. 8.7%). No difference between the sexes was noticed in One-year rates of stroke/transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and all-cause of mortality after one-year follow-up (3.1% men vs. 3.3% women, and 7.5% vs. 7.4%). Older age ( 65 years), smoking, alcohol use, CHADS2 scores5 were some of the significant risk factors in men with AF. Suboptimal use of anticoagulants, higher mortality and stroke/TIA events at one year are high but similar between the sexes. ER management revealed high use of rate control strategy and high rate of hospital admission was noticed in women.
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