Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with similar stroke risk as symptomatic AF, yet is often detected only after the patient presents with a devastating stroke. The first Australian guidelines for the screening and management of AF were released in 2018 by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. This brief, practical summary of the guidelines focuses on screening in general practice.


asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke, summary, Australian guidelines, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand


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