On the outcome in stroke patients one year later: The role of atrial fibrillation

M. D. Cisternino, Salvatore Giaquinto, I. Maiolo, E. Palma, M. Valeriani, E. Vittoria

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The post-stroke aftermath of patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF) is investigated. A total of 104 consecutive patients (80 with AF and 24 without AF) were referred to a rehabilitation centre and enrolled. They underwent a rehabilitative programme. Disability was assessed by using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), at the time of admission, discharge and after 1 year. Death was more frequent over the 1-year interval in AF group. Ten patients died (42%), whereas in the non-AF group death occurred in 15 cases (19%). By using chi-square test, the difference was significant (P <0.02). The logistic regression analysis indicated that the unique variable a#ecting the FIM at follow-up was the FIM at discharge (P <0.0001). AF was not a significant variable in the equation. The result can be attributed to subject attrition in the AF group, as the most severe patients died and survivors could benefit from a better functional status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiopathy
  • Comorbility
  • FIM
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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