Why is Atrial Fibrillation a Problem?
You may have heard or read that there’s nothing to worry about if you have atrial fibrillation. That it’s just some irregular heartbeats. That’s just not true.
If you have nonvalvular afib, you are nearly five times more likely than someone without the condition to have a stroke; if you have valvular afib, your risk is 17 times higher. In fact, about 15% or more of all strokes in the US are related to afib.1 You also have twice the risk of dementia, three times the risk of heart failure, and a 40 to 90 percent increased risk of death compared with people your age who don’t have afib.2,3,4,5
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