Extended monitoring effective at detecting silent atrial fibrillation after cryptogenic stroke

June 26, 2014 12:33 AM

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1. In post-embolic “cryptogenic” stroke patients, the use of a 30-day event-triggered cardiac recorder was superior at detecting atrial fibrillation compared to an extra round of a 24-hour Holter monitor.

Study Rundown: An estimated 1 in 4 ischemic strokes are labeled “cryptogenic”, whereby standard post-stroke investigations does not yield a clear etiology. Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia that is often both intermittent (e.g., paroxysmal) and asymptomatic. Therefore it is also thought to be the...

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