Overview

Frankly Speaking, Live! 

This episode was recorded live at Pri-Med East. Stroke is a major health problem, and the risk of stroke is five-times higher in individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF) than those without. AF can be asymptomatic or subclinical. In 18% of AF patients, the condition is only detected at the time of stroke. It is not known whether individuals whose AF is deterred via screening carry a similar risk to individuals with known AF. A recent randomized trial evaluated a screening program for AF in individuals at high risk of stroke; for individuals identified with AF, anticoagulation was given for stroke prevention.

Episode References and Resources: 

  • Svendsen JH, Diederichsen SZ, Højberg S et al. Implantable loop recorder detection of atrial fibrillation to prevent stroke (The LOOP Study): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2021 Oct 23;398(10310):1507-1516. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the significance of atrial fibrillation as a cause of stroke 
  • Craft appropriate treatment strategies for asymptomatic atrial fibrillation detected by screening
  • Counsel patients on the significance of atrial fibrillation that is detected with newer technologies
     

     

     

 


Faculty

Frank J. Domino, MD

Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health,
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Executive Editor, DynaMed 

Disclosures

The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Frank J. Domino, MD

Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

Alan Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP

Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

 

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