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September Is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

More than 2 million people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib is a type of irregular heartbeat, often caused when the two upper chambers of the heart beat unpredictably and sometimes rapidly. When you have Afib, blood pools in the atria of your heart and clots may form. These clots may then be carried to the brain, causing stroke. Don’t ignore 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.
  • Knowing about and properly managing your Afib can prevent you from having stroke.
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes in people with Afib can be prevented.

Meet Our Ambassador

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Karen was a caregiver to her late husband, Afib patient who later had a stroke. She is honoring him today by speaking out about atrial fibrillation and its connection to stroke.



Watch this short public service announcement featuring Karen.

» Learn more about Afib.

» Read about the Afib-stroke connection.

Past Campaigns

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Photo of Pag Jason and Pat have two very different stories about their experiences with Afib. Because of their stories, they both feel compelled to raise awareness about Afib and its connection to stroke.
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Faces of Stroke campaign is supported by funding provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Allergan, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., and Genentech Inc.

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