Here you can find detailed information about the reasons for, the process and possible consequences of the Find-AF 2 study.


Information for medical staff

Flowchart of the study

graph flow chart of Find-AF 2
graph: flow chart of Find-AF 2

Inclusion criteria

1. Recent symptomatic ischaemic stroke of any aetiology (sudden focal neurological deficit lasting >24 hours and consistent with the area of a cerebral artery) and/or a corresponding lesion on brain imaging* within the last 30 days.  

*A corresponding lesion may be, for example, an acute lesion on DWI of MRI, native CT, CT-perfusion (CTP) or evidence of fresh occlusion or intravascular thrombus on angiography (CTA, MRA, DSA).

  1. Age ≥ 60 years
  2. Patient with no or only minor disability (modified Rankin scale score ≤ 2) before onset of stroke symptoms.
  3. Written consent to participate in the study.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Atrial fibrillation/flutter - known or evidence of in admission ECG.
  2. Indication or contraindication for oral anticoagulation at the time of randomisation
  3. History of intracerebral haemorrhage
  4. Planned ECG monitoring > 7 days (Holter ECG, loop recorder, etc.)
  5. Implanted pacemaker, defibrillator or loop recorder
  6. Unwillingness to take oral anticoagulants when indicated
  7. Ipsilateral stenosis of the carotid artery at the time of the stroke, requiring surgery or intervention
  8. Condition following carotid endarterectomy or percutaneous stenting of a cervical or cerebral artery within the last 30 days
  9. Life expectancy < 1 year for reasons other than stroke
  10. Patients under legal supervision or guardianship
  11. Incapacity to give consent
  12. Participation in other randomised interventional trials
  13. Suspected lack of compliance


Visits Table:

graph: Visits table
graph: Visits table