The ORBIT Study was just published online. Some of the findings were that:
- About 30% of women with atrial fibrillation were asymptomatic (didn't feel their afib) vs. about 40% of men.
- Women generally had a worse quality of life (probably because they were more symptomatic).
- Women tended to have more strokes, but they tended not to be more deadly.
- One-fourth of women were still being treated with digoxin, which doesn't do much and has been found to be deadly.
- Women were more likely to have AV node ablation, which should be a last ditch effort, rather than catheter ablation. (This is not new news!)
Any thoughts on these findings?