Asymptomatic AFib found with extended monitoring after stroke

06/26/2014 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Atrial fibrillation was more likely to be discovered when patients receive extended monitoring after a transient ischemic attack or cryptogenic stroke, according to the findings of two clinical studies reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Several weeks of heart rhythm monitoring may be needed to rule out atrial fibrillation as the cause of a stroke, Dr. Hooman Kamel wrote in an accompanying editorial.

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