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 1

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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