Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Screening

Posted on September 17, 2013

Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Screening

NEW research relating Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke, and Treatments:

Every year, and Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) contributes to 80,000 deaths.
Yet, recent research is demonstrating that AFib and AFL usually are not life threatening if effectively and appropriately treated.

  • Those with AF are five times more likely to have a stroke compared to people without the condition
  • AFib accounts for 15 percent of all strokes.

See this website for more information about the condition:  http://www.hrsonline.org/News/Fact-Sheets/AFib-Facts#axzz2bmLagGnr

Treatment options

To reduce the higher risk of stroke, doctors often prescribe blood thinners (known as “anticoagulants”) to AFib patients.

A new study shows that a treatment called “catheter ablation“, may reduce stroke risk for those with AFib and be appropriate in certain cases:

  • The study, published in the September edition of “HeartRhythm”, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), shows “AF ablation” patients have significantly lower risk of stroke compared to AF patients who do not undergo ablation regardless of stroke risk profile.
  • The study included a total of 37,908 patients representing three different groups: patients with AF who had undergone ablation (4,212), patients with AF who did not undergo ablation (16,848), and patients without a history of AF (16,848).

Across all risk profiles and ages, AF patients with ablation had a lower long-term risk of stroke compared to patients without ablation. There was a significantly higher rate in those patients with AF who did not undergo ablation (590 patients,) compared to those with AF who underwent ablation (61 patients) and those with no history of AF (242 patients).

Bluecrest Health Screening welcomes this latest research into Atrial Fibrillation and treatment options.

It is widely accepted that ECG testing is an effective way to identify many people at risk of stroke – and our health screening packages include this option.

Further research into the most effective treatment options is welcomed – as medication is widely prescribed as a treatment – but for some cases, other options may be appropriate.

For more about Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Screening – Click here.

Heart Rhythm Journal: http://www.hrsonline.org/Science-Research/HeartRhythm-Journal#axzz2f8AnX8Ox