An Overview of the Connection Between AF and Stroke

An Overview of the Connection Between AF and Stroke

Strokes in patients with AF

Facts about atrial fibrillation
and stroke

  • AF currently affects more than 6 million Europeans and is expected to increase as the population ages
  • People with AF have 5 times the risk of stroke than those with a normal heart rhythm2
  • 50% of AF-related strokes occur under age 753

In non-valvular AF, over 90% of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart are formed in the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA)4

See which are the treatment options to reduce
the risk of stroke in your NVAF patients

Managing AF & Stroke

1. 2016 ESC Guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation developed in collaboration with EACTS. The Task Force for the management of atrial fibrillation of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Developed with the special contribution of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the ESC. Endorsed by the European Stroke Organisation (ESO). Kirchhof P et al. Eur Heart J 2016 Aug 27.
2. Lamassa et al., Characteristics, Outcome, and Care of Stroke Associated With Atrial Fibrillation in Europe Data From a Multicenter Multinational Hospital–Based Registry (The European Community Stroke Project). Stroke 32.2 (2001): 392-398.
3. Bath P et al. European Heart Journal Supplements 2005;7:C12-C18.
4. Blackshear JL, Odell JA, Annals of Thoracic Surgery 1996;61:755-759.

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