AFFORD-2 Study published

Feasibility of screening for atrial fibrillation in a domiciliary setting:
opportunistic one-time screening at preventive home visits in municipalities

Poulsen P-B. , Hemmingsen U., Melgaard T-A, Buch Elleby H., Wedell-Wedellsborg D., Dybro L., Lund I-M., Dixen U. and Frost L.

Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, 2022, VOL. 56, NO. 1, 243–246

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Current evidence base for atrial fibrillation (AF) screening is insufficient. An important finding in the STROKESTOP study was that non-participants had significantly worse outcomes. In a group of potentially non-participants feasibility of opportunistic screening in a domiciliary setting with municipality preventive home visits to citizens >75 years was investigated. Handheld ECG device was used by trained municipality caregivers followed by cardiologist assessment. Eighty-five percent consented to being screened, and seven of 477 screened were found with AF. Opportunistic screening in preventive home visits had a high participation rate and was feasible. Randomized trials are needed before making any firm conclusions.