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Prevalence of atrial fibrillation among patients with ischemic stroke
Husain Tayib Fatah1, Farman Jaafar Ahmed1, Fahmi H. Kakamad2,3
1Sulaimani Medical Teaching Hospital, Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq;
2Faculty of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Department Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Sulaimani, François Mitterrand Street, Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
3Bioscience Center, Hamdi Street, Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq

Article ID: 100010N06HF2017
doi:10.5348/N06-2016-7-CR-1

Address correspondence to:
Fahmi H. Kakamad
Faculty of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Department Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
University of Sulaimani, François Mitterrand Street
Sulaimani, Kurdistan
Iraq

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Fatah HT, Ahmed FJ, Kakamad FH. Prevalence of atrial fibrillation among patients with ischemic stroke. Edorium J Neurol 2017;4:1–5.


ABSTRACT
Aims: The incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is increasing because of the aging population and advance in the treatment of acute cardiac conditions. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of AF in patients presenting with ischemic stroke.
Methods: A cross-sectional study in the medical emergency department and neurology unit of Shar hospital in Slemany city was carried out, for a period of five months, from 1 March 2015 to 1 August 2015, on a sample of 324 patients with ischemic stroke. The data was obtained from the patient’s case sheet for their personal detail including age, smoking status, etc. and through direct questioning from patients or their relatives.
Results: About 17.6% of patients with ischemic stroke found to have AF and, 87% of them previously known to have the disease. Five percent had received warfarin before the stroke onset, and only 21% of survivors anticoagulated within the first three months after discharging from the hospital.
Conclusion: Prevalence of atrial fibrillation among patients presenting with ischemic stroke is 17.6%.

Keywords: Atrial Fibrillation, Hypertension, Ischemic Stroke

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Author Contributions
Husain Tayib Fatah – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Farman Jaafar Ahmed – Substantial contribution to the concept and design, Acquisition the data, Drafting the manuscript, Revising the manuscript, Final approval of the version to be published
Fahmi H. Kakamad – Substantial contribution to the concept and design, Acquisition the data, Drafting the manuscript revising the manuscript, Final approval of the version to be published
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