Calculator of Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Risk
What Is The CHA2DS2–VASc Score?
The CHADS2 score and both the updated version which is the CHA2DS2-VASc score are various clinical procedures to calculate the risk of a stroke in patients that are diagnosed with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation. Non-Rheumatic Atrial Fibrillation is both a common and very serious heart arrhythmia that is directly related to thromboembolic stroke.
This score is very necessary as it determines whether the patient needs treatment with anticoagulation therapy or antiplatelet therapy.
This score is very useful, as it is widely used as a medical tool for the guidance of physicians. This lets the physicians know whether the patients require a blood-thinning treatment or not.
How To Use The Calculator?
Using the CHA2DS2–VASc Score calculator is very easy, just follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Congestive Heart Failure
Here you have to state if you are having signs/symptoms of heart failure. Evidence of cardiac dysfunction is also required.
Step 2: Hypertension
In the next step, you have to confirm whether or not you are having hypertension. Hypertension means high blood pressure. If your resting BP > 140/90 mmHg on more than two occasions then you have hypertension.
Step 3: Age
In the next step, just add your current age.
Step 4: Diabetes Mellitus
Here you have to state if you have diabetes mellitus or not. This is a disorder when the body does not react to insulin and as a result, the blood sugar levels become increasingly high.
Step 5: Stroke, TIA, Or TE
Here you have to state if you have any history of cerebral ischemia, in some people, it is very common.
Step 6: Vascular Diseases
In the next step, you have to state if you have any history of vascular diseases or have them currently.
Step 7: Gender
In the last step, you have to state your gender. Females have a higher risk of having a stroke than males.
What Will Be The Results?
Upon entering all the information correctly, we will be given a score out of 10. The higher the score is, the higher the risk of a stroke and vice versa. According to professionals and medical reports, females have a higher risk of having a stroke than males.
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