Atrial Fibrillation Can Lead to Silent Strokes

November 4, 2014 3:56 PM

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A new health study revealed that people who have an irregular, abnormal heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation, have an increased risk of developing silent strokes. The silent stroke is a heart condition that shows no symptoms or signs but is known to affect memory and thinking. Recent studies show that atrial fibrillation can lead to a 40% increased risk of mental impairment.

The author of the new study, Dr. Shadi Kalantarian, said that patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation have a higher risk of experiencing silent strokes. Dr. Shadi Kalantarian is a resident at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven. Previous studies show that silent strokes are usually associated wi...

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