Utility of the CHA2DS2-VASc score for predicting ischaemic stroke in patients with or without atrial fibrillation: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Tariq Jamal Siddiqi, Muhammad Shariq Usman, Izza Shahid, Jawad Ahmed, Safi U. Khan, Lina Ya'Qoub, Charanjit S. Rihal, Mohamad Alkhouli

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Aims: Anticoagulants are the mainstay treatment for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), and the CHA2DS2-VASc score is widely used to guide anticoagulation therapy in this cohort. However, utility of CHA2DS2-VASc in NVAF patients is debated, primarily because it is a vascular scoring system, which does not incorporate atrial fibrillation related parameters. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis to estimate the discrimination ability of CHA2DS2-VASc in predicting ischaemic stroke overall, and in subgroups of patients with or without NVAF. Methods and results: PubMed and Embase databases were searched till June 2020 for published articles that assessed the discrimination ability of CHA2DS2-VASc, as measured by C-statistics, during mid-term (2-5 years) and long-term (>5 years) follow-up. Summary estimates were reported as random effects C-statistics with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Seventeen articles were included in the analysis. Nine studies (n = 453 747 patients) reported the discrimination ability of CHA2DS2-VASc in NVAF patients, and 10 studies (n = 138 262 patients) in patients without NVAF. During mid-term follow-up, CHA2DS2-VASc predicted stroke with modest discrimination in the overall cohort [0.67 (0.65-0.69)], with similar discrimination ability in patients with NVAF [0.65 (0.63-0.68)] and in those without NVAF [0.69 (0.68-0.71)] (P-interaction = 0.08). Similarly, at long-term follow-up, CHA2DS2-VASc had modest discrimination [0.66 (0.63-0.69)], which was consistent among patients with NVAF [0.63 (0.54-0.71)] and those without NVAF [0.67 (0.64-0.70)] (P-interaction = 0.39). Conclusion: This meta-analysis suggests that the discrimination power of the CHA2DS2-VASc score in predicting ischaemic stroke is modest, and is similar in the presence or absence of NVAF. More accurate stroke prediction models are thus needed for the NVAF population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-631
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Risk model
  • Risk prediction
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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