Patients with ‘resolved’ AFib maintain elevated stroke risk

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) should never be considered fully cured, according to a recent study in The BMJ, because patients with this designation carry higher risks of stroke and death compared to people who have never had the arrhythmia.

This finding is especially relevant considering the more than 11,000 patients studied who had “resolved” AFib were one-fifth as likely to receive preventive anticoagulants as those with ongoing AFib. Anticoagulants have demonstrated the ability to reduce the risk of stroke by about two-thirds in the setting of AFib, the authors pointed out.

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