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USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography

August 07, 2018

Bottom Line: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient regarding screening for atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, with electrocardiography (ECG), a noninvasive test that records the electrical activity of the heart.

Background: The USPSTF routinely makes recommendations about the effectiveness of preventive care services. This latest statement is a new recommendation on screening for atrial fibrillation with ECG. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases with age and it is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke.

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Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography - US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography - Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force

JAMA editorial - Electrocardiographic Monitoring for Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation-Associated Cardioembolic Stroke

JAMA Cardiology editorial - Electrocardiography Screening for Atrial Fibrillation

JAMAInternal Medicine editorial - Screening for Atrial Fibrillation Comes With Many Snags

JAMA Patient Page - Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography
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To Learn More: The full report is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10321)

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