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Impact of AF screening on stroke prevention influenced by systolic blood pressure

Presented By
Dr Lucas Yixi Xing, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark
Conference
EHRA 2022
Doi
https://doi.org/10.55788/36885b2f
Screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) via continuous monitoring with an implantable loop recorder (ILR) was more efficacious in terms of stroke prevention for participants with higher systolic blood pressure (BP). In addition, higher systolic BP was related to an increased risk of longer AF episodes, which may partially explain the association between systolic BP and stroke prevention via AF screening. Hypertension is a known risk factor for both clinical AF and AF-related stroke. However, it remains unclear whether continuous screening for AF can prevent strokes in individuals with high systolic BP. To address this, Dr Lucas Yixi Xing (Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark) and colleagues conducted a post-hoc analysis of the LOOP study (NCT02036450) [1]. The previously published LOOP study included 6,004 participants ≥70 years old without AF but with ≥1 of the ...


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