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Heart and Vascular


Issue 4: Electrophysiology

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September is atrial fibrillation awareness month
AFib and your risk for stroke
How can an electrophysiologist help my heart?

AFib and your risk for stroke

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. It happens when a blood vessel that supplies blood to your brain is blocked or bursts.

But, how is that tied to your atrial fibrillation (AFib)? Your irregular heartbet allows blood to pool in your heart, which can cause clots to form and travel to the brain - leading to stroke.

In fact, AFib dramatically increases your risk for stroke. You are five times more likely to have a stroke than someone without AFib. And, half the people who have AFib deny or don't know they have a higher risk for stroke, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Find out what the AHA means when it says: When it comes to AFib and Stroke Awareness, it's best to go head first.