Published Online: January 16, 2013
In a presentation at the UK Stroke Forum (4–6 December 2012, Harrogate, UK), Andre Ng, senior lecturer and consultant cardiologist, University of Leicester, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK, spoke to delegates about the management of atrial fibrillation for the secondary prevention of stroke.
The speaker presented data that said atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke five-fold and that one third of atrial fibrillation patients will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. He added to this and said that atrial fibrillation is also responsible for 15–20% of ischaemic strokes and patients who have atrial fibrillation and have suffered a previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack are at a high risk of recurrent stroke with more disability.
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