Alan S. Go, MD; Kristi Reynolds, PhD, MPH; Jingrong Yang, MA; Nigel Gupta, MD; Judith Lenane, RN, MHA; Sue Hee Sung, MPH; Teresa N. Harrison, SM; Taylor I. Liu, MD, PhD; Matthew D. Solomon, MD, PhD

Managing atrial fibrillation (AF) patients’ risk for stroke is challenging. Clinical assessment guidelines currently view atrial fibrillation as a binary entity, determining the need to initiate anticoagulation based on whether or not AF is present and the patient’s risk profile. However, a recently published study, KP-RHYTHM, suggests that a new measure for assessing stroke risk in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) may exist, calling to attention: should we be rethinking how we assess and manage our PAF patients?

As published in JAMA Cardiology

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