Will AF screening reduce stroke?

SCREENING for atrial fibrillation (AF) by GPs is practical and would be a cost-effective strategy for stroke prevention using new handheld ECG technology, cardiologists say.

In a US journal commentary, Professor Ben Freedman and colleague Dr Nicole Lowres (PhD), from the Sydney Medical School, suggest there’s ample evidence for a benefit of opportunistically testing asymptomatic patients and initiating anticoagulant therapy in those at risk.

Professor Freedman told MO their unpublished pilot study of 1000 general practice patients shows that identifying patients with