What are risk factors for thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Risk factors for thromboembolism in AF are as follows:

  • High-risk factors: Prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), systemic thromboembolism, or age 75 years or older

  • Moderate-risk factors: Age 65-74 years, female sex, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart failure, arterial disease (prior myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial disease, aortic plaque)


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