Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke
North American Precis Syndicate
People diagnosed with AFib should speak with their doctors about the potential health complications. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with a
condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other
heart-related complications. Fortunately, a leading health organization is
working to help these individuals reduce their risk of developing such
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is defined as a quivering or irregular
heartbeat. Often, strokes that occur for no known cause can be linked to
AFib, which a person may not even be aware they have.
The American Heart Association (AHA)—the world’s leading
voluntary health organization dedicated to being a relentless force for a
world of longer, healthier lives—wants all people living with AFib to
understand how they can reduce their risk of cardiac complications.
“AFib can have symptoms such as an irregular-feeling heartbeat,
shortness of breath and light-headedness or it can have no symptoms at all.
Even if you are not experiencing symptoms of AFib, your stroke risk is still
increased five-fold,” says Patrick Ellinor, M.D., Ph.D., cardiologist
at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Health care providers score a patient’s risk of a stroke caused by
AFib by taking into account such factors as age, sex, and pre-existing
conditions including hypertension, diabetes, vascular disease, and prior
stroke or ischemic attack.
“If you suspect you have AFib, meet with your doctor. AFib can be
managed, helping you avoid stroke and live a longer, healthier life,”
The AHA offers a free online community for those diagnosed with AFib, My Afib Experience. The initiative
was made possible by an educational grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb and
Pfizer Alliance. To learn more, visit www.heart.org/afibawareness.
“The American Heart Association
wants all people living with AFib to understand how they can reduce their
risk of cardiac complications. http://bit.ly/2INyDFk”
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)