Irregular Heartbeat May Raise Risk for Silent Stroke

Irregular Heartbeat May Raise Risk for Silent Stroke


Millions of patients may have strokes each
year and not realize it. And those with atrial fibrillation may be especially at risk. I’m
Miranda Savioli with your latest health news. With some strokes, a blood clot blocks blood
flow to the brain — and the signs are apparent. However, the silent stroke may damage part
of the brain that affects memory, but symptoms aren’t always obvious. Now, a new study
found that atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal heart beat, more than doubles the
risk for silent stroke. According to the American Heart Association, as many as 11 million Americans
have a silent stroke each year, and two point seven million have atrial fibrillation. Exercise, a balanced diet, limited alcohol
and caffeine, and not smoking are all ways you can reduce health risks tied to atrial
fibrillation.

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