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Published: 13 Feb 2023
The role of mechanical thrombectomy in patients with atrial fibrillation
Individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) experienced worse 90-day outcomes than those without AF, according to the present systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 studies.
The outcomes associated with AF included significantly higher rates of mortality (P=0.005) and significantly lower modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores of 0 to 2 (P<0.001) after mechanical thrombectomy compared to those without AF, even with comparable, successful reperfusion outcomes.
These findings are important because they provide context for the worse outcomes observed in patients with AF compared with patients without AF.