Atrial fibrillation more prevalent in dialysis patients than
Urology / Nephrology
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Stroke
Atrial fibrillation more prevalent in dialysis patients than expected


Adapted Media Release
Published: Monday 16 January 2017
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Atrial fibrillation, which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is an important risk factor for strokes. A multi-centre study led by MedUni Vienna shows that the prevalence of atrial fibrillation in haemodialysis patients in Vienna is significantly higher than previously thought. Moreover, only half of the patients affected are treated with an anticoagulant.

Atrial fibrillation is an important risk factor for strokes. In patients with end-stage kidney disease, who require renal replacement therapy by haemodialysis, the prevalence of atrial fibrillation has hitherto been underestimated. There is also a lack of scientific clarity as to whether haemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation benefit from anticoagulation therapy to prevent strokes or whether the benefits are outweighed by the risk of bleeding.

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