Silent AF 'at least as bad' as symptomatic AF

The prognosis for stroke among patients with silent atrial fibrillation (AF) is similar to that for patients with symptoms, according to findings from a large international study.

Cardiologist Professor Ben Freedman, from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, analysed mortality rates from 20,000 UK patients with AF, showing that those with asymptomatic ambulatory AF had a 4% incidence of stroke at 18 months

This was slightly higher than the rate seen in patients hospitalised with symptomatic AF as a primary diagnosis, he told the recent European Society of

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