Reduce Your Stroke Risk With Atrial Fibrillation

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Hi, I'm Dr. Darria Long Gillespie. If you have atrial fibrillation you'll want to take steps to lower your stroke risk. So what's the link between A-fib and strokes? If you have A-fib, the blood in your heart may not flow properly since your heart muscle isn't pumping efficiently. Over time clots can form in that stagnating blood.

Now if one of those clots sneaks out of the heart, it can migrate to your brain and form a roadblock in a blood vessel. The result is a stroke. If a stroke occurs get help immediately. Start with the oxygen and nutrients your blood normally delivers, parts of your brain tissue can die quickly so getting to a certified stroke center immediately helps minimize the damage.

Your doctor may prescribe blood thinning medication such as Warfarin or baby aspirin to help prevent blood clots and strokes as well. Also ask your doctor about healthy lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet which can help lower your stroke risk. I'm Dr. Darria. For more ways to watch your health, check out all our smart tips.