Author Affiliations: Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada (Dr Hachinski); Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran (Dr Oveisgharan); and Shankle Memory Clinic, University of California, Irvine (Dr Shankle).
We appreciate Drs Tasci and Doruk for highlighting the growing importance of atrial fibrillation in the etiology of stroke and vascular cognitive impairment.
One of the main advantages of the ischemic score is that it is simple and used widely (more than 2300 citations), providing a standard of comparison.
We wonder whether it would not be simpler to add to the ischemic score a statement whether atrial fibrillation is present, and if so, whether it was treated.
Hachinski V, Oveisgharan S, Shankle WR. Atrial Fibrillation and the Hachinski Ischemic Scale—Reply. Arch Neurol. 2012;69(8):1084-1085. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2012.1524