Thromboembolic Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Can It Be Predicted on the Basis of Clinical Variables?

  • S. Scardi
  • C. Mazzone
  • D. Goldstein
  • C. Pandullo
  • G. Sinagra
Conference paper


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common disorder of cardiac rhythm and its incidence increases with each decade of life (1). In the past, rheumatic mitral valve disease has been the condition most highly associated with AF. However, more recently, other conditions have assumed greater importance, particularly AF which is not associated with rheumatic valvular heart disease (NRAF). The risk of stroke in these patients is estimated to be fivefold greater than that of comparable patients in sinus rhythm (2).


Atrial Fibrillation Embolic Event Left Atrial Appendage Mitral Annular Calcification Left Atrial Appendage Thrombus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Scardi
    • 1
  • C. Mazzone
    • 1
  • D. Goldstein
    • 1
  • C. Pandullo
    • 1
  • G. Sinagra
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro CardiovascolareOspedale MaggioreTriesteItaly

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