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Atrial fibrillation and its influence on stroke risk

Authors Prisco D, Cenci C, Silvestri E, Ciucciarelli L, Tomberli B, Tamburini C

Received 16 September 2014

Accepted for publication 20 November 2014

Published 9 February 2015 Volume 2015:6 Pages 11—15


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Kones

Domenico Prisco,1,2 Caterina Cenci,1 Elena Silvestri,1,2 Lucia Ciucciarelli,1,2 Benedetta Tomberli,2 Carlo Tamburini2

1Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy; 2Patologia Medica Unit, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy

Abstract: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the clinical setting. AF increases both the risk and severity of stroke, and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Decisions regarding appropriate stroke prevention in AF patients are crucial and require individual assessment of both thromboembolic and bleeding risk. This review will provide an overview of recommended risk assessment tools and discuss other possible risk factors which could improve risk stratification in AF patients.

Keywords: atrial fibrillation, stroke, thromboembolism, risk stratification

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