Navigation Links
Irregular Heartbeat May Pose Higher Stroke Risk for Women Than Men
Date:8/31/2012

FRIDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Women older than 75 who have a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation are 20 percent more likely to have a stroke than men in the same age group with atrial fibrillation, according to a large new study.

However, researchers said the findings suggest that being a woman should not be included as an independent risk factor for stroke or blood clots, either in guidelines for treatment or risk assessment of patients with atrial fibrillation, because the difference doesn't hold for women younger than 75.

The study included more than 87,000 atrial fibrillation patients in Denmark. Of those patients, more than 51 percent were female.

After one year of follow-up, female patients younger than 75 did not have an increased risk of stroke, but those over age 75 had a 20 percent increased risk, the investigators found.

The study was presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting in Munich.

"Our findings could have an impact on current guidelines used in the treatment of atrial fibrillation; however, more research is needed to confirm our results," study author Anders Mikkelsen of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Hellerup, Denmark, said in a society news release.

Female sex has been suggested as a risk factor for stroke and blood clots in atrial fibrillation patients, but the 2010 European Society of Cardiology guidelines for management of atrial fibrillation consider being female a minor risk factor.

For women with atrial fibrillation, the guidelines recommend blood thinners for those who are younger than 65 and have one additional risk factor, and for those ages 65 to 74 with no additional risk factors.

Blood thinners can lower the risk of stroke and blood clots in atrial fibrillation patients, but they increase the risk of bleeding disorders and should therefore be given only to patients at high risk of stroke and blood clots.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has more about atrial fibrillation.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, Aug. 29, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Stopping Blood Thinners Raises Stroke Risk for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat
2. More Babies Today Have Irregular Head Shape: Expert
3. Irregular Heartbeat Poses Greater Stroke Risk for Women Than Men
4. Elderly women with irregular heart beat at higher risk for stroke
5. Asthma Meds May Be Linked to Irregular Heartbeat
6. Higher-spending hospitals have fewer deaths for emergency patients
7. Taller, Heavier Women May Face Higher Ovarian Cancer Risk
8. Heart failure patients with diabetes may benefit from higher glucose levels
9. Cancer Care Costs Higher in U.S. Than Europe, But Survival Longer
10. Children Born to Obese Moms May Face Higher Autism Risk: Study
11. Could Menthol Cigarettes Pose Even Higher Stroke Risk?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Irregular Heartbeat May Pose Higher Stroke Risk for Women Than Men
(Date:10/13/2017)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... most influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their ... 18,000 views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... will be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of ... that focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States ... creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have ... thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest ... to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, ... next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will ... during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual ... F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... -- Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO ) ... , and named its founder as Diplomat,s chief information ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat subsidiary Envoy ... for health care partners to include IT outsourcing, consulting, ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive insight and ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), will host its ... on Friday, November 3, 2017, beginning at 7:00 a.m. ... 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 a.m. (EDT). ... and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom executives will also highlight ... and long-range financial outlook through 2020. ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader in ... immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax Oncology ... personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided $500,000 ... to enabling technologies to the new precision immunotherapy ... EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad brings ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: