MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Gregory YH Lip MD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow), DFM, FACC, FESC
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine,
Adjunct Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences,
Thrombosis Research Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark;
Aston Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences City Hospital Birmingham
Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Prof. Lip: Women with atrial fibrillation are at higher risk of stroke than men with atrial fibrillation.
The reasons for this elevated risk remain unclear.
The results from our worldwide study suggest that women are treated no differently to men in terms of anticoagulant therapy for stroke prevention.
Thromboprophylaxis was, however, suboptimal in substantial proportions of men and women, with underuse in those at moderate-to-high risk of stroke and overuse in those at low risk.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Prof. Lip: Improvements in anticoagulation prescription and management are needed for women and men.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Prof. Lip: Further research is needed to understand why women with atrial fibrillation are at higher risk of stroke than men with atrial fibrillation.
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Gregory YH Lip MD, FRCP ( (2015). Women With Atrial Fibrillation At Greater Risk Of Stroke Than Men