A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

July 24, 2014 12:05 PM

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A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.

Doctors test for atrial fibrillation by hooking people up to an electrocardiogram machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. There are also implantable monitors to check for afib, but they aren't widely used.

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