Study Finds Link Between Common Heart Condition and Stroke Risk in Surgical Patients

August 12, 2014 8:10 PM

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Study Finds Link Between Common Heart Condition and Stroke Risk in Surgical Patients

An irregular heartbeat that patients develop after surgery appears to predict later instances of stroke, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.

The study, published Aug. 13 in JAMA, found that patients who received a new diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) while hospitalized for surgery were more likely to suffer a stroke during the next several years than patients who did not have AF. The risk for stroke was greatest in patients whose su...

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