Stroke, A-Fib Recurrence Low at One Year After AF Ablation

Share this content:
Stroke, A-Fib Recurrence Low at One Year After AF Ablation
Stroke, A-Fib Recurrence Low at One Year After AF Ablation

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke and atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence are low one year after AF ablation, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

Simon Kochhäuser, M.D., from Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Canada, and colleagues examined the frequency of stroke and AF recurrence in patients on and off therapeutic oral anticoagulation (OAC) one year after AF ablation. A total of 398 patients were identified from an AF database and were screened for AF recurrence, changes in OAC or antiarrhythmic medication, and the occurrence of stroke or transient ischemic attack.

The researchers found that OAC was discontinued in 69.3 percent of patients. During a median follow-up of 529 days, the researchers found that 1 percent of patients suffered from stroke and 13.8 percent experienced AF recurrence. The chance of AF recurrence was increased in association with persistent AF (49.1 versus 26.8 percent; P = 0.001). There was no difference in CHADS2, CHADS2-VASc-Score, or AF recurrence in patients with versus without stroke. Patients who experienced stroke had a trend toward a higher percentage of coronary artery disease (50 versus 10 percent; P = 0.057).

"The overall risk of stroke and AF recurrence is low in patients with a recurrence free interval of at least 12 months after AF ablation," the authors write. "Of note, recurrence of AF was not associated with a higher risk of stroke in our study population."

Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

USPSTF Urges Abuse Screening for Reproductive-Aged Women

USPSTF Urges Abuse Screening for Reproductive-Aged Women

Evidence lacking for assessing balance of benefits, harms of screening for abuse of seniors, vulnerable

Five-Day Nitrofurantoin Beats Single-Dose Fosfomycin for UTI

Five-Day Nitrofurantoin Beats Single-Dose Fosfomycin for UTI

Increased likelihood of clinical and microbiological resolution for uncomplicated UTI in women

Exercise Intervention Doesn't Improve Walking Ability in PAD

Exercise Intervention Doesn't Improve Walking Ability in PAD

Smaller mean change from baseline to follow-up in 6-minute walking distance with exercise intervention

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »