ISSN 2490-3329 (Print)
ISSN 2303-7954 (Online)

Volume 49, Issue 1, Article 1

(Scr Med 2018:49:6-12)

Relationship between Atrial Fibrillation as a Risk Factor and the Outcome of Ischemic Stroke

Siniša Miljković1, Andrej Blagojević2, Tamara Petrušić3

1 Clinic of Neurology, UCC of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2 Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “Dr Miroslav Zotović”, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
3 Inpharm Co LTD, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

doi: 10.18575/
UDC: 616.831-005.1
COBISS.RS-ID: 7315992


Introduction: Atrial fibrillation is characterized by uncoordinated atrial activity with consequent deterioration of mechanical function. Patients have 5 times more risk for stroke. These stokes are more severe, more disabling and have a more frequent fatal outcome.

Aim of the Study: The aim was to examine the relationship between atrial fibrillation as risk factor and ischemic stroke. 

Patients and Methods: Prospective cohort study was conducted at the Clinic of Neurology, UCC of the Republic of Srpska during the period from January to March 2017. The study included 138 patients who survived ischemic stroke, and atrial fibrillation was identified as a risk factor. Severity of stroke was assessed on admission and discharge with NIHS Scale, and level of disability with Rankin scale. Data was collected and analysed in softwere programe IBM SPSS Statistics 21.

Results: The sample consisted of 138 patients with ischemic stroke, divided into two groups, with  ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation, and without atrial fibrillation. There were 55.1% male, and 44.9% female patients. Atrial fibrillation was more common in female patients (46.8%) than in male patients (30.3%), and there was a significant relationionship between gender and atrial fibrillation (χ2(1, N = 138) = 3.29, p = 0.07). It was most common in the oldest age group. There was no significant relationship between fatal outcome and atrial fibrillation, gender and age.

Conclusion: Recovery of stoke patients with this comorbidity is much more difficult and slower compared to patients without atrial fibrillation. Early detection and use of oral anticoagulant therapy can significantly decrease stroke risks, and also ease the consequences when stroke already happened.

Key words: stroke, atrial fibrillation, fatal outcome


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Clinic of Neurology, University
Clinical Centre of the Republic of
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Republic of Srpska
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Submitted: February 9th, 2018
Accepted: February 27th, 2018