Stroke in athletes with atrial fibrillation

Network members Marius Myrstad, Trygve Berge, Håkon Ihle-Hansen, Eivind Sørensen and Marit Aarønæs have published a paper entitled Stroke in endurance athletes with atrial fibrillation in The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

The researchers have investigated the association between atrial fibrillation and stroke among 2653 Norwegian cross-country skiers who participated in The Birkebeiner Atrial Fibrillation Study. The prevalence of stroke was 6.8% in skiers with atrial fibrillation and 3.9% in skiers without atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation was associated with increased risk of stroke in athletes aged 65 years and older but not in athletes younger than 65 years. The result supports that athletes aged 65 years and older with atrial fibrillation should be treated with oral anticoagulation therapy in line with current treatment guidelines.

You can read the article here.

Marius Myrstads lecture “Exercise and atrial fibrillation – what to consider” is available in the podcast ESC Cardio Talk. This keynote lecture was held during the session Stroke prevention Master Class at EuroPrevent in Lisboa earlier this year and covers the topics exercise as risk factors for atrial fibrillation, and exercise recommendations for patients with atrial fibrillation. The podcast series Cardio Talk discusses the latest news from science, features key opinion leaders in cardiovascular medicine and is published by the European Society of Cardiology. Podcast here.

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