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Date:5/6/2011

ombined consequences of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.20

More significantly, the impact of stroke is predicted to rise dramatically as the number of individuals affected by AF is expected to increase due to an ageing population and improved survival of patients with conditions which predispose AF (e.g., heart attack).

About AF and stroke

AF is the most common, sustained abnormal heart rhythm.2 It causes the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) to quiver instead of beating effectively, resulting in blood not being completely pumped out, which in turn causes pooling that can lead to clotting in the atria. If a blood clot leaves the atria, it can become lodged in an artery in the brain blocking the blood supply and causing the patient to suffer from an ischaemic stroke.21 Approximately one in five ischaemic strokes are due to AF.5

AF-related strokes are more severe, cause greater disability and have a worse prognosis than strokes in patients without AF.16 Although the current treatment for stroke vitamin K antagonists, such as warfarin can be effective, they are also associated with a number of drawbacks and are currently underused, particularly in elderly patients at greatest risk of stroke.22

Preventing AF in patients at risk of arrhythmia, diagnosing AF before the first stroke occurs and following recommendations regarding the use of anticoagulation therapies, including potential new treatment options, are critical for effective prevention of AF-related strokes.11


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