Preventing Stroke in AFib. Don't takes chances with Stroke.
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Stroke is the most important and dangerous complication of AFib.
Trouble with walking. You may stumble or experience sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
Trouble with speaking and understanding. You may experience confusion. You may slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Similarly, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.
Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes. You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.
Headache. A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate you're having a stroke.
What to do if your having symptoms that could be a stroke.
Don't ignore the warning signs. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to fluctuate or disappear.
Don't wait. Call 911 or your local emergency number right away. Every minute counts. Don't wait to see if symptoms go away. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.
Check the time the symptoms started. To maximize the effectiveness of evaluation and treatment, you'll need to be treated at a hospital within three hours after your first symptoms appeared. If you're with someone you suspect is having a stroke, watch the person carefully while waiting for emergency assistance.
There are 8 conditions that increase your risk of stroke when you have AFIB.
History of Congestive Heart Failure.
History of Hypertension.
Age 75 or over.
History of Diabetes.
History of Stroke or TIA in the past.
Age between 65 and 75.
The more of these factors you have, the higher the risk of stroke!
The risk ranges from nearly 0 if you have no risk factors.
The risk increases all the way to 15% each year with all these risk factors.
Stroke in AFib.
What to do?
8 things that increase your risk.
Stroke Risk Calculator.
Weighing the risks.
Aspirin or warfarin.
Plavix or warfarin therapy.
New oral anticoagulants.
Barriers to taking anticoagulant.