Atrial fibrillation and stroke: unrecognised and undertreated

The Lancet Editorial – Published: 20 August 2016
The Lancet, Vol. 388, No. 10046, pp 731, 20 August 2016

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When did you or your primary care physician last palpate your wrist to check for a regular heart rate? This simple action, followed by an electrocardiogram if the heart rate is irregular, might be crucial in preventing death and disability from ischaemic stroke, heart failure, or myocardial infarction. In this Lancet issue, a clinical Series of three papers on atrial fibrillation is published – one of the ten potentially modifiable risk factors associated with acute stroke.

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