Abnormal heartbeat condition linked to cognitive decline

June 5, 2013 8:41 PM

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Abnormal heartbeat condition linked to cognitive decline

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, according to the American Heart Association; an estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation.

Study lead author Evan Thacker, Ph.D., statistician in the Department of Epidemiology, wanted to investigate whether people who had not experienced a stroke had cognitive decline, or memory and thinking problems, more quickly after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Stroke has previously been...

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