When a lean, healthy person has a stroke out of the blue

Jan 04 2014, 10:57 IST
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People with a heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation face a much higher risk of stroke. (Thinkstock photo) People with a heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation face a much higher risk of stroke. (Thinkstock photo)
SummaryAn abnormal stroke risk: The cause may well be a heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation.

traces of A-fib are eliminated, Dr. Ruff said, continued treatment with an anticoagulant is needed to guard against stroke. “Once a person has had A-fib, there is an increased risk of stroke even if their heart is in normal rhythm,” he said.

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