Master CHA2DS2-VASc for Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation with Picmonic for Medicine

With Picmonic, facts become pictures. We've taken what the science shows - image mnemonics work - but we've boosted the effectiveness by building and associating memorable characters, interesting audio stories, and built-in quizzing.

CHA2DS2-VASc for Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation

Chad's-Vase causing a Stroke with Atrial-heart Alarm-clock
Picmonic
The CHA2DS2-VASc score is used to assess patient risk of stroke with atrial fibrillation. Using this clinical scoring tool, caregivers are able to assess whether or not anticoagulation is indicated in patients. The CHA2DS2-VASc score assigns points based on criteria including patient history regarding CHF, Hypertension, Age greater than 75, Diabetes, Stroke, Vascular Disease, Age between 65-75, and Sex.
11 KEY FACTS
CHF (+1)
CHF Heart-balloon

If the patient has a history of congestive heart failure, their score has 1 point added.

Hypertension (+1)
Hiker-BP

1 point is added to the patient's score if they have a history of hypertension.

Age 75 + (+2)
75+ with old grey hair

Patients over 75 years old have 2 points added to their cumulative score.

Diabetes (+1)
Dyed-bead-pancreas

1 point is added to the CHA2DS2-VASC score if the patient has diabetes.

Stroke or TIA or Thromboembolism History (+2)
Stroke Hx

If the patient has had a stroke, TIA (transient ischemic attack), or has a history of thromboembolism in the past, they are given a score has 2 points added.

Vascular Disease (+1)
Vessels Diseased

A history of vascular disease, such as peripheral artery disease, myocardial infarction, or aortic plaque warrants adding 1 point to the patient's score.

Age 65-75 Years (+1)
65 to 75 old grey hair

Those aged between 65 to 75 years old have 1 point added to their score.

Sex Female (+1)
Female Sex-symbol

Females have 1 point added to their score.

INTERPRETATION
0 = No Anticoagulation
No Anticoagulation with 0

When the patient a score of 0, anticoagulation is not indicated.

1 = Consider Anticoagulation
Consider Anticoagulation with 1

If the patient with atrial fibrillation scores 1 on their CHA2DS2-VASc, the healthcare provider should consider anticoagulation therapy in the patient.

2 = Anticoagulation
Anticoagulation with 2

If the patient scores 2 or above on the the CHA2DS2-VASc clinical calculator, anticoagulation is recommended.

Unlock all 11 facts & definitions with Picmonic Free!

JOIN FREE

Take the CHA2DS2-VASc for Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Quiz

Picmonic's rapid review multiple-choice quiz allows you to assess your knowledge.

START QUIZ NOW

It's worth every penny

Our Story Mnemonics Increase Mastery and Retention

Memorize facts with phonetic mnemonics

Unforgettable characters with concise but impactful videos (2-4 min each)

Ace Your Medical (MD/DO) Classes & Exams with Picmonic:

Over 870,000 students use Picmonic’s picture mnemonics to improve knowledge, retention, and exam performance.

Choose the #1 Medical (MD/DO) student study app.

Picmonic for Medicine (MD/DO) covers information that is relevant to your entire Medical (MD/DO) education. Whether you’re studying for your classes or getting ready to conquer the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, COMLEX Level 1, or COMLEX Level 2, we’re here to help.

Works better than traditional Medical (MD/DO) flashcards.

Research shows that students who use Picmonic see a 331% improvement in memory retention and a 50% improvement in test scores.