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Atrial fibrillation stroke worse in women . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j819 (Published 23 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j819

Stroke severity greatest in women with atrial fibrillation

Ischaemic strokes caused by atrial fibrillation tend to be more severe than other types of ischaemic stroke, as confirmed by a cross sectional study of more than 60 000 patients on the Austrian stroke registry between 2003 and 2016 (Stroke doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.015900). What also emerged from this analysis was that women with atrial fibrillation have more severe strokes than men with the same condition. This sex difference was not found in people without atrial fibrillation, and was independent of age, previous functional status, vascular risk factors, and vascular comorbidities.

Not acting on patient feedback

A new qualitative study seeks to understand why UK hospital staff find it difficult to make improvements based on patient feedback (Soc Sci Med doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.02.005). The study contains a lot of good …

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