Navigation Links
Simple awareness campaign in general practice identifies new cases of AF
Date:9/2/2014

Barcelona, Spain Tuesday 2 September 2014: A simple awareness campaign in general practice identifies new cases of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Jean-Marc Davy from France.

Professor Davy said: "Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It multiplies the risk of heart failure risk by three-fold and the risk of stroke risk by five-fold. Similarly, AF is responsible for ischaemic stroke in 1 of 4 cases. However, AF is often overlooked and diagnosed too late. In 20% of cases, AF is diagnosed when a stroke occurs. We therefore designed a campaign to improve early diagnosis of AF."

PROFIL FA is an AF awareness campaign in general practice. Participating general practitioners (GPs) were asked, on a given day, to look for several clinical items in all their consecutive patients over 65 years, according to a dedicated and very simple questionnaire (figure 1):

  • The 7 criteria of the thromboembolic risk score CHA2DS2-VASc
  • The existence of 4 symptoms, transient and suggestive of AF episodes: palpitations, chest pain, dyspnoea (shortness of breath) and asthenia (weakness)
  • Palpation of an irregular radial pulse.

When AF was suspected, GPs referred patients to a cardiologist for diagnostic confirmation.

The study included 603 physicians and 4 592 patients. AF had already been diagnosed in 840 patients (18% of cases) (figure 2). The remaining 3 752 patients were evaluated on a single day using the questionnaire. Of these, AF was clinically suspected in 585 patients (1 in 6) and they were referred to a cardiologist.

Out of the 585 patients in whom AF was suspected by the GP, 129 patients (nearly 1 in 4) had the existence of AF confirmed by the specialist who then prescribed appropriate treatment. Professor Davy said: "Our simple and easy campaign held on just one day led to the diagnosis of 129 patients with AF who then received treatment to reduce their risk of stroke."

He added: "According to the ESC 2012 recommendations for AF,1 an irregular pulse should be systematically sought in all patients over 65 years to detect the presence of AF. But in PROFIL FA, an irregular pulse was linked to a diagnosis of AF in only 1 out of 2 cases. For patients without irregular heartbeat, the presence of two symptoms and/or a previous stroke history were also predictors of AF."

Professor Davy concluded: "The detection of silent AF to prevent ischaemic stroke is by nature a technological challenge which requires the use of long term external or internal electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors. However, we have shown that unknown AF can be identified in the population over 65 years using a simple, precise pathway and a multidisciplinary approach."


'/>"/>

Contact: ESC Press Office
press@escardio.org
34-670-521-210
European Society of Cardiology
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Restore My Blood Sugar Review Reveals Simple Method to Normalize Blood Sugar
2. Home Made Energy Review Exposes Simple Method to Access Alternative Energy Sources
3. Get Rid of Cold Sores Fast Review Reveals Simple Way to Eliminate Cold Sores in 12 Hours
4. 60 Second Panic Solution Review Exposes Simple Panic Attacks Remedy
5. Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says
6. Simple Ideas Debuts ‘Life’s Onion’, An Innovative Tool That Helps Produce Better Therapeutic Outcomes
7. Cold Sore Free Forever Book Review Exposes Derek Shepton’s Guide For Treating Cold Sores Or Herpes Simplex Type I – Vkool.com
8. LDM Global Announces Predictable Simple Fixed-Fee Pricing
9. Simple tips to fend off freak-outs
10. World Garden’s Cafe Launches ‘16 Simple Ways to Feel Connected to the World’
11. One Minute to Herpes Cure Review Reveals Simplest Herpes Treatment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Simple awareness campaign in general practice identifies new cases of AF
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 ... Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 ... ... helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic ... the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state ... procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood shifts and ... him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a knife on ... say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on the freeway, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. ... accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, ... and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... of the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, ... Photovoltaics Structural electronics involves electronic ... load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory Labs ... company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in patients, ... Technologies , Inc. Patients are no longer limited ... ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. of ... done in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it was added ... reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. and global ... is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive ... awareness of our progress in developing drugs for crucial ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: