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Did you know that one in six strokes are caused by a heart condition called atrial fibrillation (Afib)? Afib is a potentially serious condition where the heart beats abnormally, which can result in the formation of blood clots. Having Afib increases the risk of stroke by 500 percent. This means that a person with Afib is five times more likely to have a stroke.

Learning about how Afib can impact stroke risk is important because Afib-related strokes can often be prevented, and they are more debilitating and deadly than other types of strokes. More than 70 percent of Afib patients who have strokes will die as a result. Further, three out of four Afib-related strokes can be prevented – if you are already diagnosed. Beat Your Odds of having a stroke by learning about your condition and receiving appropriate Afib treatment.

To help spread awareness about Afib as a major risk factor for stroke, National Stroke Association has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on a new educational program called Beat Your Odds. The program features two new patient education tools: the Beat Your Odds educational toolkit and accompanying patient video (click play below, or download: Windows Media | Quicktime).

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