Stroke is a serious complication of AFib that is associated with long term disability and mortality. Immediately after a stroke, patients with AFib have greater neurologic impairment and functional disability than patients without AFib.2
The link between AFib and stroke
A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to part of the brain is significantly reduced or blocked. The most common cause of a stroke is a blood clot (ischemic stroke).
How does stroke impact quality of life?
The occurrence of stroke can have a devastating impact on patient quality of life and the ability to perform daily activities. Stroke can cause significant impairment in physical, psychological, and social function, and can reduce a patient’s ability to carry out routine activities.5
How can I reduce my stroke risk?
Talk to an electrophysiologist about ways to reduce your risk of stroke. Some options may include blood thinners, left atrial appendage or catheter ablation. AFib patients treated with catheter ablation experience fewer strokes within three years following treatment, compared to those who did not receive ablation.7
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. Only a cardiologist or electrophysiologist can determine whether ablation is an appropriate course of treatment. There are potential risks including bleeding, swelling or bruising at the catheter insertion site, and infection. More serious complications are rare, which can include damage to the heart or blood vessels; blood clots (which may lead to stroke); heart attack, or death. These risks need to be discussed with your doctor and recovery takes time. The success of this procedure depends on many factors, including your physical condition and your body's ability to tolerate the procedure. Use care in the selection of your doctors and hospital, based on their skill and experience.
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