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5 September 2017

At Medtronic, we are proud supporters of National Stroke Week 2017 (4 – 10 September). This week we will be sharing more information about the stroke care continuum. We will also hear what happens when stroke care is not as good as it could be – highlighting the importance of improving access to patients who need medical technology.

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Understanding the underlying cause is essential to determine the right treatment and avoid further strokes.

You’ll remember from yesterday: atrial fibrillation (AF) is a significant risk factor for stroke. Detection of AF is important, as this enables identification of patients who could benefit from therapy with oral anticoagulation (OAC) for secondary stroke prevention.

But AF can have no symptoms and be intermittent – this makes it hard to detect with traditional short-term electrocardiogram monitoring techniques.  AF detection is of particular importance in patients with cryptogenic stroke (CS), where the cause of stroke remains undetermined, despite multiple prior investigations. Identifying AF as the cause of stroke in CS patients is a key step in providing the correct treatment and avoiding another stroke.

Technology [among other therapies for example medication] is available that addresses, including Insertable cardiac monitors (ICMs) which enable long-term continuous monitoring optimising the detection of AF.[3] Then, the correct treatment strategy can be initiated.

The new Stroke Guidelines were launched on Monday 4 September. Learn more here.

Related News: Today, the health promotion charity hearts4heart released a white paper titled ‘Time to Change the Beat. Atrial Fibrillation: A Major Public Health Issue Requiring Immediate Attention and Action“. Read our blog post here. 

#strokeweek2017 #stroke



[3] Sanna T, Diener HC, Passman RS, et al. Cryptogenic stroke and underlying atrial fibrillation. N Engl J Med. 2014; 370: 2478–2486; Brachmann J, Morillo CA, Sanna T, Di Lazzaro V, Diener HC, Bernstein RA, Rymer M, Ziegler PD, Liu S, Passman RS. Uncovering Atrial Fibrillation Beyond Short-Term Monitoring in Cryptogenic Stroke Patients: Three-Year Results From the Cryptogenic Stroke and Underlying Atrial Fibrillation Trial. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2016 Jan;9(1):e003333.

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