Is the Risk of Stroke in AFib Higher for Elderly People?

Q: My grandfather is an AFib patient. I heard that people with AFib are at high risk of stroke. Does the patient’s age matter in this case? Is my grandfather facing the great danger of having a stroke?

A: Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common diseases among old people. Compared with young patients, elderly patients are more likely to have a stroke.

Generally the incidence of AFib at 50 to 59 is 15%, and that at 80 to 90 increases to 23.5%. It is obvious that the rate relates closely to the age.

About 5% patients with chronic AFib have ischemic stroke every year, accounting for 10% – 15% of patients with cerebral infarctions.

The most important method of avoiding stroke for AFib patients is to take the treatment of anticoagulation. Warfarin is the most widespread anticoagulant medicine. Moreover, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Watchman (Boston Scientific) left atrial appendage closure device for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). It is now a new trend that is more effective in stroke prevention.

 

 

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