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Understanding AFib

Clots in your heart can cause strokes in your brain.

Artrial Fribrillation (AFib), not caused by a heart valve problem, is the most common kind of cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). In fact, 1 in 4 individuals aged 40 or older will develop AFib in their lifetimes. And 35% of AFib patients are expected to suffer a stroke in their lifetime as well.

AFib & Stroke Risk

Having AFib puts you at 5 times greater risk of stroke.

What’s more, AFib related strokes are twice as likely to be deadly or severely disabling. Within minutes of a stroke, brain cells begin to die, which can lead to permanent damage, including:

The good news is 3 out of 4 AFib related strokes can be prevented. Because now there are treatment options to reduce stroke risk. That’s why, when you have AFib, not caused by a heart valve problem, it’s important to talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your stroke risk.


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