Score to identify high risk of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation after stroke

Takeaway

  • The Age, Stroke Severity National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale > 5 to Find Atrial Fibrillation (AS5F) score was developed and validated to identify stroke patients at high risk of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) who are most likely to benefit from prolonged Holter-electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring.

Why this matters

    Identification of pAF in stroke patients affects the course of treatment, but •20% of ischaemic stroke (IS) patients undergo the prolonged ECG monitoring needed to detect pAF due to the time and resource requirements.