Does Having A-Fib Increase Your Stroke Risk?

Atrial fibrillation, or a-fib for short, is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. Although a-fib by itself is rarely life threatening, it's a serious condition. An increased risk of stroke is one of the most dangerous complications of a-fib. In fact, the National Stroke Association estimates that about 15 percent of people who have strokes also have a-fib.

If you were diagnosed recently with a-fib or if you've been living with it for a while, there are treatment options.

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1 in 4 People Over 25 Will Be Hit by Stroke

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 -- A quarter of the world's people over the age of 25 will experience a debilitating stroke during their lifetime, a new study estimates.

Rates vary country to country, but in the United States 23 percent to 29 percent of people can expect a stroke sometime in their lives, concluded a team led by Dr. Gregory Roth.

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