Mass screening of elderly for AF finds undiagnosed cases

09/18/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Data from the Swedish STROKESTOP study indicate that screening more than 25,000 people ages 75 to 76 for atrial fibrillation identified 11% as having the condition, with 3% being previously undiagnosed and another 2% who knew they had the condition but were not receiving an oral anticoagulant. A commenter said screening the elderly could lead to a reduction in strokes. The study was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

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