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Neurologia. 2012 Mar;27 Suppl 1:10-4. doi: 10.1016/S0213-4853(12)70003-8.

[Social impact of stroke due to atrial fibrillation].

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Unidad Neurovascular, Servicio de Neurología, Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain.


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent heart arrhythmia and causes a substantial proportion of ischemic strokes. AF has a marked impact on stroke severity, as well as on morbidity and mortality in these patients. The importance of AF as an etiologic factor of stroke increases in the elderly and in the last few years its detection has increased. The presence of AF leads to more severe initial neurological involvement, longer hospitalization, greater disability and a lower probability of discharge to home. In addition, AF is an independent risk factor for mortality, especially in women and the elderly. All these factors lead to a higher social and economic impact among stroke patients with AF.

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