Detection of atrial fibrillation in patients with acute stroke.

  title={Detection of atrial fibrillation in patients with acute stroke.},
  author={Shalini Bansil and Halima Karim},
  journal={Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association},
  volume={13 1},
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and paroxysmal AF (PAF) are common causes of stroke which may not be detected by a single electrocardiogram (EKG). We conducted a prospective study to determine if 48 hours of telemetry monitoring increased the rate of detection of AF in patients with acute stroke and thus identified patients requiring anticoagulation. One hundred and fifty consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke were placed on telemetry monitoring for 48 hours. Thirty-five patients had AF… CONTINUE READING