Little impact made on stroke burden: study

A systematic review, including Australian and international research, found AF prevalence and AF-related stroke risk remained constant between 1980 and 2010.

Lead author Dr Nadine Andrew (PhD) of the Stroke and Ageing Research Centre at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, said the implementation of national routine screening for AF with an ECG could be warranted at a certain age to reduce stroke risk.

“We often find with stroke patients that they have an ECG when they go to hospital and often that is the first time they are diagnosed