Deeper Understanding of Atrial Fibrillation Could Help Lower Risk

by Colleen Fleiss on  June 10, 2018 at 2:10 AM Heart Disease News
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The goal of a scientific statement published in journal Circulation is to increase knowledge and awareness by healthcare professionals of effective, state-of-the-art science related to the causes, prevention, detection, management, and future research needs related to AFib burden.
Deeper Understanding of Atrial Fibrillation Could Help Lower Risk
Deeper Understanding of Atrial Fibrillation Could Help Lower Risk

Researchers from University of Minnesota are urging the medical community to take a closer look, specifically at AFib burden.

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AFib is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. "We hope to bring awareness to this concept of measuring the AFib burden and then to outline what we know about it," said Lin Yee Chen, MD, MS, tenured associate professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, "the hope then is to use that knowledge so more research can be done to fill in those gaps."

AFib is associated with an elevated risk of stroke, and this statement also pushes for more research to refine risk classifications for stroke. Further understanding the relationship between AFib pattern or burden and stroke risk might result in deeper insights into stroke prevention.

"We could see an enormous benefit to our patient population once these standards are applied. And now is the time to do so," said Chen. asdasd

Source: Eurekalert

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