Prevention of stroke in chronic and recurrent atrial fibrillation: role of the emergency department in identification of "at-risk" patients.
AM Kelly, D Kerr, R Hew
Aust Health Rev | Published : 2001
The objective was to determine the proportion of patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) in atrial fibrillation (AF) who are at high risk of thromboembolic stroke as defined by the American Heart Association and who might benefit from anticoagulation therapy. We enrolled all patients identified as having AF between 28th June 1999 and 26th March 2000. Data collected included demographic information, presenting complaint, discharge diagnosis, risk factors for thromboembolic stroke, contraindications to anticoagulation (as defined by the Stroke Prevention in AF Investigators), admission and discharge medications, and cardiac rhythm on presentation and at discharge. 193 patients wer..View full abstract