Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is one of the most common types of arrhythmias—or irregular heartbeats—and causes the heart to…more.
Preventing Stroke from Atrial Fibrillation
Published December 16, 2014
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) affects the way blood flows through the heart and makes it vulnerable for forming clots, which can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. The risk of stroke in a person with AFib is 500% higher than in someone without the disease, so treatment to reduce stroke risk is essential. Anticoagulants, also called blood thinners, can help reduce the risk of stroke. Fatal bleeding while on an anticoagulant is rare, and for most AFib patients, the benefit of preventing AFib caused strokes outweighs the increased risk of bleeding. To learn more about living with AFib watch Living with AFib.
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Mike Sylvester is a five-time heart surgery survivor, a stroke survivor, and an advocate who shares his story to…more.
Celebrating a Year Without a Stroke
This campaign shares the real stories of people who have experienced and seen first-hand how serious strokes can be. These advocates all share the mission of educating patients and their loved ones about stroke risk and prevention, so that they can Celebrate a Year Without a Stroke.