The mechanism of and preventive therapy for stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation

Young Hoon Kim, Seung Young Roh

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    Abstract

    Atrial fibrillation is a major cardiac cause of stroke, and a pathogenesis involving thrombus formation in patients with atrial fibrillation is well established. A strategy for rhythm control that involves catheter ablation and anticoagulation therapy is evolving. A strategy for rhythm control that restores and maintains sinus rhythm should reduce the risk of ischemic stroke that is associated with atrial fibrillation; however, this is yet to be proven in large-scale randomized controlled trials. This paper reviews the emerging role of rhythm control therapy for atrial fibrillation to prevent stroke.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-137
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Stroke
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 May

    Keywords

    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Catheter ablation
    • Ischemic stroke
    • Rhythm control
    • Thromboembolism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Neurology
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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