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Atrial fibrillation characteristics in patients with ischaemic stroke

Jacek Staszewski
Kardiol Pol 2007;65(7):751-757.

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Vol 65, No 7 (2007)
Other
Published online: 2007-07-24
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract


Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia and an important risk factor for ischaemic stroke (IS).
Aim: To assess the frequency of AF, including paroxysmal (pxAF), persistent (psAF) and permanent AF (pmAF), in patients hospitalised due to IS as well as to establish the natural course of AF and IS prognosis.
Methods: A prospective, non-interventional study of consecutive acute stroke patients with AF with a 6-month follow-up. A favourable stroke outcome was defined when a patient survived or had no disabling stroke during follow-up.
Results: Within 24 months of recruitment, 838 patients were hospitalised due to IS or transient ischaemic attack. Concomitant AF was diagnosed in 200 (24.4%) of these patients. Permanent AF was observed in 108 (54%), pxAF in 70 (35%), psAF in 9 (4.5%), and AF of unknown duration in 13 (6.5%) patients. Mean age, demographics and concomitant treatment did not differ significantly among groups. The pxAF patients had less often a disabling stroke on admission (81 and 91 vs. 50%, p

Abstract


Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia and an important risk factor for ischaemic stroke (IS).
Aim: To assess the frequency of AF, including paroxysmal (pxAF), persistent (psAF) and permanent AF (pmAF), in patients hospitalised due to IS as well as to establish the natural course of AF and IS prognosis.
Methods: A prospective, non-interventional study of consecutive acute stroke patients with AF with a 6-month follow-up. A favourable stroke outcome was defined when a patient survived or had no disabling stroke during follow-up.
Results: Within 24 months of recruitment, 838 patients were hospitalised due to IS or transient ischaemic attack. Concomitant AF was diagnosed in 200 (24.4%) of these patients. Permanent AF was observed in 108 (54%), pxAF in 70 (35%), psAF in 9 (4.5%), and AF of unknown duration in 13 (6.5%) patients. Mean age, demographics and concomitant treatment did not differ significantly among groups. The pxAF patients had less often a disabling stroke on admission (81 and 91 vs. 50%, p
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Keywords

atrial fibrillation; ischaemic stroke; incidence; prognosis; antithrombotic treatment

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Title

Original article
Atrial fibrillation characteristics in patients with ischaemic stroke

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 65, No 7 (2007)

Pages

751-757

Published online

2007-07-24

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2007;65(7):751-757.

Keywords

atrial fibrillation
ischaemic stroke
incidence
prognosis
antithrombotic treatment

Authors

Jacek Staszewski

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