Persistently rapid heart rates that persist can cause cardiomyopathy and CHF. The CHADSVASC score can help predict thromboembolic risk. 1 point each for: CHF, hypertension, age >75, diabetes, and prior stroke. Additional points added for the female sex, SVA in past, or age greater than 65. More than a score of 1 suggest benefit with anti-coagulation.
POSTED BY: Steven Ajluni, MD