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The Understanding and Management of Stroke Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Living in Northern BC

November 28, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


This education session is part of the Innovation and Development Commons Brown Bag Lunch series, a joint initiative between Northern Health and the University of Northern British Columbia to promote health research in the North.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 1% of the global population, and 8% of Canadians over the age of 65 years. AF is a common predicting factor for ischemic stroke and can cause a 500% increase in stroke risk. This study aimed to fill a gap in the current literature by investigating a demographic that has not been studied and explored how health care providers can improve uptake of preventative measures against stroke. This study investigates the understanding and management of stroke risk in patients with AF living in northern British Columbia through the use of in-depth interviews, using a qualitative-descriptive design. Data was analyzed thematically using NVIVO 11 into three separate themes: Living with AF; Stroke Prevention and Decision-Making; and Navigation. Results from this research highlight the importance of people diagnosed with AF taking oral anticoagulation and providing education about their increased risk of stroke.


Alexandra Marleau, RN, MScN
Clinical Nurse Educator
Northern Health

Attend this presentation in person or virtually!

In person:

Learning and Development Centre Room 0501
University Hospital of Northern BC
1475 Edmonton Street, Prince George


Teleconference: 1.877.385.4099 Passcode: 5665469#
Meeting Password: brownbag


November 28, 2019
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
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Northern Health
University of Northern British Columbia
Innovation and Development Commons


University Hospital of Northern BC (Learning & Development Centre Room 0501)
1475 Edmonton Street
Prince George, BC V2M 1S2 Canada
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