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Leo M, Betts T. Prompt diagnosis of AF lowers risk of complications. Practitioner 2016;260(1797)11-17

Prompt diagnosis of AF lowers risk of complications

24 Oct 2016Pais-up subscribers

Estimates suggest an AF prevalence as high as 2% in adults with an exponential relationship with increasing age. Opportunistic screening for silent AF is recommended in at-risk groups. AF is associated with a 1.5-2 fold increased risk of death, and is responsible for 20-30% of all strokes. The CHA2DS2-VASc risk stratification score is recommended to assess stroke risk in patients with AF. Risk of severe bleeding with warfarin should also be assessed using the HAS-BLED score.

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