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Feasibility of screening for atrial fibrillation in a domiciliary setting: opportunistic one-time screening at preventive home visits in municipalities

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  • Peter Bo Poulsen
  • Ulla Hemmingsen
  • Tine Anette Melgaard
  • Heidi Buch Elleby
  • Dorte Wedell-Wedellsborg
  • Lars Dybro
  • Ida Marie Lund
  • Ulrik Dixen
  • Lars Frost
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Current evidence base for atrial fibrillation (AF) screening is insufficient. An important finding in the STROKESTOP study was that non-participants had significantly worse outcomes. In a group of potentially non-participants feasibility of opportunistic screening in a domiciliary setting with municipality preventive home visits to citizens ≥75 years was investigated. Handheld ECG device was used by trained municipality caregivers followed by cardiologist assessment. Eighty-five percent consented to being screened, and seven of 477 screened were found with AF. Opportunistic screening in preventive home visits had a high participation rate and was feasible. Randomized trials are needed before making any firm conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2095016
JournalScandinavian cardiovascular journal : SCJ
Volume56
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)243-246
Number of pages4
ISSN1401-7431
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

    Research areas

  • Atrial Fibrillation/diagnosis, Cities, Electrocardiography, Feasibility Studies, House Calls, Humans, Mass Screening

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