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Expanding opportunities for secondary prevention of stroke

Between 1979 and 2001, the number of patients discharged from the hospital with a primary diagnosis of stroke increased by 25%.1 Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of stroke, but anticoagulant therapy in patients with the arrhythmia greatly reduces the risk. Thus, detection of AF in stroke patients is essential. This Data Alert reviews recent studies on the implications of AF for in-hospital prognosis following acute stroke and discusses a possible algorithm to improve detection of the arrhythmia.

References are listed at the end of the Data Alert.





In-hospital course of stroke patients with vs without AF

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In-hospital course of stroke patients with vs without AF Detection of AF after acute stroke/TIA Risk of AF by duration of heart rhythm Recurrence of AF 13 months post-stroke/TIA Clinical challenge: Addressing the rising burden of AF and stroke Role of anticoagulant therapy in secondary prevention of stroke
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