Smartphone AF screening makes sense: cardiologist

Hundreds of strokes and premature deaths will be prevented every year if screening for atrial fibrillation in over-65s is incorporated into primary care, says a leading cardiologist.

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Professor Ben Freedman and Dr Nicole Lowres from the University of Sydney note that atrial fibrillation (AF) causes about one-third of strokes, despite being highly preventable using oral anticoagulants.

Accurate detection of asymptomatic AF is now feasible and cost-effective in primary care thanks to the