The University of Hong Kong (HKU) on Thursday announced the release of a new mobile app and screening program to help prevent heart stroke in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. According to the research findings by HKU and Taiwan’s Yang-Ming University, patients with AF have a five-fold higher risk of stroke than ordinary people.
To enforce the management of stroke prevention in patients with AF, the Department of Medicine of HKU initiated two new measures recently, namely, the AF management app and private doctors AF screening program, Xinhua news agency reported. The free new mobile app was designed to help doctors manage their patients with AF. By using the five clinical calculators, namely, stroke risk calculator, major bleeding risk calculator, quality of anticoagulation calculator, likelihood to good quality of anticoagulation calculator, and kidney function calculator, doctors can assess the ischemic stroke risk and major bleeding risk of patients with AF.
Chan Pak-hei, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, HKU said that the app not only provides doctors with useful information but also allows patients to understand more about their health condition, enabling doctors to effectively communicate with patients their absolute risk of stroke, balancing that with major bleeding risk, thereby making a rational decision for long-term anti-coagulation with the patients.