Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/303580
Title:
Atrial fibrillation: the faulty cement mixer
Authors:
Dwyer, R; Collins, R
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Issue Date:
Oct-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/303580
Abstract:
For many years, atrial fibrillation (AF) was viewed as a relatively benign dysrhythmia. However, AF is now recognized as a dangerous pathology and a major cause of potentially preventable death and disability. AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It affects 3% of our population, predicted to rise to 4.5% by 2040, and affects up to 20% of over 80 year old men. 1 AF is a leading cause of stroke and is implicated in an estimated 1 in 4 strokes internationally and may be a major factor in 1 in 3 strokes in Ireland2. Stroke caused by AF has a higher morbidity and mortality, results in longer hospital stay and represents a higher cost to the economy than stroke due to other aetiologies. However, the majority of AF-related strokes are preventable. Effective anticoagulation can reduce the risk of stroke by 65%, Furthermore, stroke outcomes are improved in patients with AF which occur while on therapeutic anticoagulation 3. Extrapolating this to our national stroke rates, we could infer that up to 1600 strokes per year in Ireland are potentially preventable with anticoagulation, with a potential annual saving of 173 million in this country.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
CIRCULATORY DISEASE
Local subject classification:
HEART DISEASE

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDwyer, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Ren_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-17T16:50:01Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-17T16:50:01Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/303580-
dc.description.abstractFor many years, atrial fibrillation (AF) was viewed as a relatively benign dysrhythmia. However, AF is now recognized as a dangerous pathology and a major cause of potentially preventable death and disability. AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It affects 3% of our population, predicted to rise to 4.5% by 2040, and affects up to 20% of over 80 year old men. 1 AF is a leading cause of stroke and is implicated in an estimated 1 in 4 strokes internationally and may be a major factor in 1 in 3 strokes in Ireland2. Stroke caused by AF has a higher morbidity and mortality, results in longer hospital stay and represents a higher cost to the economy than stroke due to other aetiologies. However, the majority of AF-related strokes are preventable. Effective anticoagulation can reduce the risk of stroke by 65%, Furthermore, stroke outcomes are improved in patients with AF which occur while on therapeutic anticoagulation 3. Extrapolating this to our national stroke rates, we could infer that up to 1600 strokes per year in Ireland are potentially preventable with anticoagulation, with a potential annual saving of 173 million in this country.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
dc.subjectCIRCULATORY DISEASEen_GB
dc.subject.otherHEART DISEASEen_GB
dc.titleAtrial fibrillation: the faulty cement mixeren_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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