Emerging strategies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

Praveen Rao, Olusegun Olusesi, Mitchell Faddis

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Abstract

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cause of stroke. In the US nearly 800,000 people suffer stroke each year and about 130,000 die as a result. Stroke care accounts for an estimated US$34 billion in health care expenditures in the US each year. Among all strokes, AF is the cause in 15-20 % of cases. The incidence of AF in the US has grown steadily over time to a current estimate of 6.1 million with the condition. With the anticipated growth in the worldwide AF population, the need for effective new therapeutic strategies for stroke prevention is clear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalUS Cardiology Review
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Rhythm control
  • Stroke prevention

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