Stratifying Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation: Beyond Clinical Risk Scores

Shadi Yaghi, MD; Hooman Kamel, MD


Stroke. 2017;48(10):2665-2670. 

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Despite the strong association between AF and stroke, our ability to predict stroke risk in individual AF patients remains moderate at best. The addition of serum, structural, and ECG markers to commonly used clinical prediction scores may improve risk stratification and personalized therapy. Clinical trials are needed to test whether therapeutic strategies based on additional markers can improve outcomes compared with the current approach of tailoring therapy based on clinical risk scores alone.