The search for atrial fibrillation and its impact on public health

Lam, Anna; Goulouti, Eleni; Roten, Laurent (2017). The search for atrial fibrillation and its impact on public health. Swiss medical weekly, 147(w14447), w14447. EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag 10.4414/smw.2017.14447

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Atrial fibrillation may be clearly symptomatic and is easily amenable to state-of-the-art treatment, most importantly oral anticoagulation therapy for the prevention of thromboembolism. However, atrial fibrillation may also go unnoticed for long periods in many patients. This silent or subclinical atrial fibrillation is nevertheless associated with thromboembolic risk just like clinically evident atrial fibrillation. Early detection of atrial fibrillation in patients at increased thromboembolic risk and consequent oral anticoagulation therapy may have a significant impact on public health. This review focuses on screening recommendations for atrial fibrillation and on the impact of silent atrial fibrillation in various clinical scenarios.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

UniBE Contributor:

Lam, Anna; Goulouti, Eleni and Roten, Laurent

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1424-7860

Publisher:

EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anna Lam

Date Deposited:

12 Oct 2017 08:42

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2017 02:22

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/smw.2017.14447

PubMed ID:

28695554

Uncontrolled Keywords:

atrial fibrillation, screening, ischaemic stroke, silent brain lesion, atrial high rate episodes, atrial cardiomyopathy

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.102066

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/102066

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