High Blood Pres­sure, Afib and Your Risk of Stroke

What do blood pres­sure and the rhythm of your heart have to do with stroke risk? Plenty.

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Con­sider this: About three out of four peo­ple who have a stroke for the first time have high blood pres­sure. And an ir­reg­u­lar atrial heart rhythm — a con­di­tion called atrial fib­ril­la­tion — is present in about one out of five strokes. Stroke is the na­tion’s No. 4 killer. It hap­pens when a blood ves­sel that sup­plies blood to the brain is blocked or bursts. Nearly 800,000 Amer­i­cans suf­fer a stroke each year.

High blood pres­sure is the chief cul­prit, and atrial fib­ril­la­tion isn’t far be­hind. Yet there’s good news — you can eas­ily do some­thing about them. Your best de­fense is to avoid th­ese heart con­di­tions through a heart-healthy life­style. But even if you’re liv­ing with atrial fib­ril­la­tion or high blood pres­sure, there’s still a lot you can do to lower your risk of stroke.

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