Making the Afib-Stroke Connection
Atrial fibrillation (Afib) affects an estimated 2.2 million people in the U.S. Afib is a type of irregular heartbeat, often caused when the two upper chambers of the heart beat unpredictably and sometimes rapidly. Afib is a type of irregular heartbeat that can cause blood to collect in the heart and potentially form a clot, which can travel to a person’s brain and cause a stroke.
To help raise awareness about the association between Afib and the increased risk of stroke, National Stroke Association has developed a new initiative, the Afib-Stroke Connection. The initiative aims to provide educational resources to people with Afib, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
The Afib-Stroke Connection currently provides tools to primary care physicians and their staff to help begin—or continue—discussion about Afib-related stroke between people with Afib and those who provide support and/or healthcare. Read more about how the tools can be used by healthcare professionals.
Just the Facts
- Afib is a leading risk factor for stroke.
- Afib is more common in people over age 60.
- Afib is often asymptomatic, making it difficult for people to know that they have it.
- Afib can be successfully managed with the help of a healthcare professional.
- About 15 percent of all people who have strokes also have Afib.
- Knowing about and properly managing your Afib can prevent you from having a stroke.
- Up to 80 percent of strokes in people with Afib can be prevented.
National Stroke Association’s Afib-Stroke Connection aims to raise awareness about the association between Afib and the increased risk of stroke by providing educational resources to people with Afib, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
The Afib-Stroke Connection currently provides tools for patients and primary care healthcare professionals.