Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
Cardiovascular Diseases | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Nervous System Diseases | Preventive Medicine
Importance: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. The prevalence of AF increases with age, from less than 0.2% in adults younger than 55 years to about 10% in those 85 years or older, with a higher prevalence in men than in women. It is uncertain whether the prevalence of AF differs by race and ethnicity. Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke and is associated with a substantial increase in the risk of stroke. Approximately 20% of patients who have a stroke associated with AF are first diagnosed with AF at the time of the stroke or shortly thereafter.
Objective: To update its 2018 recommendation, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) commissioned a systematic review on the benefits and harms of screening for AF in older adults, the accuracy of screening tests, the effectiveness of screening tests to detect previously undiagnosed AF compared with usual care, and the benefits and harms of anticoagulant therapy for the treatment of screen-detected AF in older adults.
Population: Adults 50 years or older without a diagnosis or symptoms of AF and without a history of transient ischemic attack or stroke.
Evidence Assessment: The USPSTF concludes that evidence is lacking, and the balance of benefits and harms of screening for AF in asymptomatic adults cannot be determined.
Recommendation: The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for AF. (I statement).
DOI of Published Version
US Preventive Services Task Force, Davidson KW, Barry MJ, Mangione CM, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Davis EM, Donahue KE, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Li L, Ogedegbe G, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Stevermer J, Tseng CW, Wong JB. Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2022 Jan 25;327(4):360-367. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.23732. PMID: 35076659. Link to article on publisher's site
Davidson KW, Pbert L, US Preventive Services Task Force. (2022). Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. UMass Worcester PRC Publications. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2021.23732. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/prc_pubs/167