Hypertension and nephrology

[Hypertension and atrial fibrillation. Part 2. Basic methods of screening atrial fibrillation]

KÉKES Ede

DECEMBER 10, 2018

Hypertension and nephrology - 2018;22(06)

[Early detection of PF, especially short-term “paroxysmal aritmia”, is very important primarily in older individuals (over 65 ys), especially those with heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. Two methods are known for the early detection of PF: In one (regular screening) making 12-lead ECG examination for individuals over the age of 65 at fix times. The other (opportunistic screening) means that every person over the age of 65, whenever he or she percieves any complains, the physician will experience the pulse of the patient and in case of arrhythmia the EKG is made.]

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